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FIDA Wants More Women In Government

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 9:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mrs Hauwa Shekarau, Country Vice President, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), has called on government at all levels to appoint more women into key positions.

Shekarau who spoke on Saturday in Abuja that the reduction in number of women in government was disheartening, considering the important role women played in national development.

“We expect the government that came with the mantra of change, a government that raised our hopes and expectations not to disappoint us with a complete marginalisation of both women and the youth.

“The past administration has set a record in terms of appointment of women into key decision making positions.

“We expect the new government to even do more but we are getting below 10 per cent and truly it is a complete marginalisation of women and in this 21st century it is unacceptable,’’ she said.

She called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his campaign promise by appointing more women in key positions in government.

“ It is also important to say that he entered into a pact with the Nigerian women before the election.

“So, we expect the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to fulfill its promise by ensuring that we are also given our fair share of appointment into key positions.

Speaking on the implementation of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) (VAPP) Act, Shekarau urged women to take advantage of the law to report cases of domestic violence, rape and other forms of violence to appropriate authorities.

“We have been popularising the law by carrying out and creating awareness to let people know that the law is in place.

“The implementation of the Act is dependent on the people. Victims of violence should take advantage of the act to report.

The Country Vice President called on the Nigerian Police Force and the judiciary to play their role in ensuring that perpetrators of violent acts were punished appropriately to serve as deterrent to others.

She commended the Federal Ministry of Justice for working out modalities in ensuring a standard guideline for implementation of the Act, particularly with regard to provisions on health services.