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Minister seeks amendment of APC laws to allow more gender roles

(L)The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq and The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen

Women’s Participation In Governance Critical To Sustainable Development-Sadiya Umar Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq says women’s participation in governance is critical for sustainable development.

The Minister made this known in Abuja at the 65th UN Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

“Achieving this will entail concerted efforts in policy making, capacity-building on gender mainstreaming and continuous engagement with all actors and stakeholders, so that we are able to tackle the root cause of all forms of discrimination against women, particularly in the area of leadership and gender-based violence”.

She described this year’s theme as apt, considering the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on gender-based violence.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen who convened the Programme said women in Nigeria have made considerable achievement since the Beijing Declaration 26 years ago.

“In 2023, women will have cause to smile. We will push for the amendment of the constitution in APC for more women to participate in politics. This will help modify strategies to help those who want to take part in politics.

The theme for this year’s  session is ‘Women’s Full and Effective Participation and Decision-making in Public Life as well as the Elimination of Violence, For Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls’.

Hadiza Abdulrahman

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