Musa Isa Ahmed
The United Nations (UN) Women in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UNICEF, and the Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau State Ministries of Women Affair is implementing an EU-funded programme on Women Peace and Security (WPS); titled ‘Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria’. The programme seeks to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.
As part of the implementation strategy for the WPS, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, in partnership with the Protection Sector Working Group (PSWG) Members – Widows Council, NCWS, FOMWAN, WOWICAN, JNI, CAN, NAWOJ, Media Network, UN Women, UNFPA, OCHA, UNHCR – conducted an advocacy march to the Adamawa House of Assembly last Wednesday to present the on Equal Opportunities Bill, Child Rights Act and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill.
During the event, the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs Hon. Aliyu Tola Bello – represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Hajia Maisaratu Ahmad Bello – observed that; “In September, this year, world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly at the Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A commitment to Action, made concrete commitments and firm pledges in order close the gender equality gaps; this why we are also here today.” She also stressed that, ‘as strategic partners in development, we are saying with one voice that as leaders of our people and government, you have the power and responsivity to ensure that gender equality is – and remains a national, state and local government priority, for development to thrive. We humbly urge you as leaders to these three Bills that we have put together and provide significant financing for gender equality for all, so that commitments become reality in the state. Not only that, we appeal that you monitor progress so that all levels of government will hold themselves and each other accountable for the pledges made towards the development of our people and communities”, she said.
In his response, the Deputy Speaker, Adamawa House of Assembly, Hon. Sunday Peter, who also represents Guyuk Constituency acknowledged all the development partners, women groups, and media groups present and promised that in 2017, the House will look into the three Bills and ensure that by the end of 2017, the gender bills will be passed by the House.
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