Women Call For Establishment Of Gender Equality Commission

Chibuzor Emejor, ABUJAWomen Leaders in the country have called for the establishment of Gender Equality Commission to ensure gender equity and balance in placements and appointments at all levels of government.A communiqué issued at the weekend at the end of their three-day conference in Katsina State, saidthe proposed Gender Equality Commission, which should have similar mandate with the Federal Character Commission would address the imbalance in the recruitment, placement and appointment of women in all government offices.The Conference jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UN Women and other key stakeholders drew participants from across the length and breadth of the country.The communiqué advocated the establishment of the Commission both at the federal and state levels.It would be recalled that recently the Senate rejected a Bill seeking to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.The Bill entitled, “A Bill for an Act to Incorporate and Enforce certain Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Protocol to the Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and other Matters Connected Therewith,”sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi was rejected on the floor of the Senate on its alleged infringement on religion and culturalvalues of the people.Women who appeared not to relent or give up met in Katsina to re-strategise and refocus on the issues affecting women and girls.In the meeting, the women made up Commissioners for Women Affairs from various states, permanent secretaries, representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations,Development Partners, among others, deliberated on the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR)1325 unanimously adopted in 2000 which provides the framework for women’s participation in decision-making, conflict prevention, peace processes, protection against all forms of sexual violence and human rights abuses of women.In the communiqué, the women decried the slow implementation and low level of women’s participation in decision-making in peace and security in the country.They identified lack of dedicated budget/funding, inadequate awareness of UNSCR 1325, lack of political will, and inadequate collaboration with the media as part of challenges militating against the implementation of Nigeria’s NationalAction Plan, which was launched in August 2013.The group further fingered the non-passage of the Child Rights Act in some states, which has limited the capacity of security agencies to intervene on behalf of female victimsof gender-based violence.

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