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It is time for ‘gender equality’ – Nnamani

Former Governor of Enugu State and Senator representing Enugu East in the Senate, Chimaroke Nnamani has for the umpteenth time asked governments at all levels to make a priority of issues of gender equality and eradication of all forms of discriminatory practices militating against women advancement in the country.

In a goodwill message to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) in Abuja, Senator Nnamani praised the indomitable spirit of women who have excelled in various fields of human endeavour despite the many odds against them.

Senator Nnamani identified some impediments against women’s advancement as including cultural barriers, “barbaric dehumanising practices”, denial of their right to inherit and own property as well as undermining their efforts to aspire to certain positions in the society.

The senator added that such inhibitions against women, such as denial of girl-child education, unequal pay for equal work, sexual and domestic harassment, physical and psychological denigration, could no longer be tolerated in modern-day Nigeria.

He urged Nigerian women to sustain the agitation for gender balancing in line with the Beijing Declaration of 35% affirmative action, saying “the world is gradually recognising the social, cultural, economic and political accomplishments of women that must of a necessity be given its place of pride”.

Senator Nnamani canvassed for the re-presentation of the bill on gender balancing, the right of women to occupy certain positions, which had originally been rejected by the National Assembly.

The bill, he said, should be “pursued till the aim is achieved”.

The former Enugu State governor described the theme of this year’s IWD celebration, “Gender Equality Today for Sustainable Tomorrow “, as apt, and promised to continue to champion the issues that promote the welfare and well-being of Nigerian women in the Senate.

Given the right environment, he affirmed, Nigerian women can excel and contribute positively, not only for their own emancipation but for the society at large, not least from diseases, hunger and poverty.

Women across the globe have proved beyond reasonable doubt that they are good mobilisers and change agents, who have made a difference and impacted positively on society.

Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor