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NHRC SEEKS PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN POLITICS

Posted: 2018-03-01


The Ag. Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Mrs Oti Ovrawah has assured the Country Director, UN Women International, Ms Comfort Lamptey on the promotion and protection of the rights of women and Nigerians as a whole when she paid a courtesy visit to the Commission.

Mrs. Ovrawah stated that the Commission has thrown its weight behind every effort being made by the stakeholders towards the passage of the gender equality bill in realization of the discrimination and abuse being faced by women and the girl child in the country. She further stated that the commission will not relent in its effort towards protection of this vulnerable group.

The Director Monitoring, Mr. Tony Ojukwu esq who doubles as the Head of Humanitarian assessment team advocated for a legislation that will ensure effective participation of women in governance particularly in the parliament where people from different geo-political zones take decisions and make laws affecting the nation.

He also said the commission can work together with UN Women by sharing data to improve on what the commission is doing especially now that there is a concern generated in southern Cameroon as it affects women and children living in displaced people camp in Akwa-ibom and Cross River States.

Barr. Aver Gavar, Director, Field Offices also suggested raising advocacy for the Federal Government to expand its humanitarian map to other parts of the country. She further stated that this is an area for the Commission and UN Women to raise awareness to bring the attention of government to such areas.

Also the Director, Protection and investigation, Mr. A.A Yakubu called for effective implementation, advocacy and enlightenment campaign on the rights of the child and the need for government to impose better sanctions for offenders especially where children are involved.

Earlier, the Country Director, UN Women, Ms Lamptey Said her NGO and the Commission has had a long time working relationship, but it is still an opportunity to inform the Commission on some of their work and see how they can collaborate.

Some of the area of interest they would want to collaborate include; women's political participation, addressing gender based election violence, women's economic empowerment and expanding their work in the North- East by helping women recover from trauma and give them tools to help themselves.

On expanding their work in south -south, she promise to speak to their headquarters to send some experts who would look into the issue of gender and see how they can come in.


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