The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq says Gender equality is not a struggle or an attempt to highlight the superiority of one sex over another.
The minister made the remark at the launch of the NAPTIP Gender Policy document and Implementation Strategy held in Abuja.
She said Gender equality has always been wrongly perceived whereas the recent emphasis in addressing gender concerns is to ensure the integration of all in programming at all levels.
Hajiya Sadiya said the launching of the Gender Policy Document will ensure that policymakers are encouraged to analyze society critically and recognize discriminatory practices against women and men generally.
“I believe that the launch of NAPTIP’s Gender Policy will complement the Agency’s operational strategies to curb gender-based violence and address gender gaps where they exist within the Agency’s internal operations. It will also chart a new course in the management of the Agency’s relationships with its various partners and clients”.
The minister called on other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to emulate the process by adopting and strengthening measures to mainstream gender concerns in all their activities and programmes.
Earlier, the Director-General of the National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim explained that the policy document was part of a project declaration between the Government of Italy and UN Women, under the two-year programme on prevention of forced migration and trafficking in women and girls in Nigeria.