Keep up with what is happening in Nigeria, throughout the region and around the world affecting the status of women’s rights, the empowerment of girls and progression of gender equality.
A senator, Binta Garba (APC – Adamawa North) has appealed to men in the country not to see the Gender Equality Bill before the Senate as an affront to them, saying that, “a woman must be given an equal opportunity to serve her motherland in every standard she would found herself be it in her work place, in her chosen career or whatever”.
The bill, sponsored by Biodun Olujinmi (PDP-Ekiti South), scaled second reading in September 2016 after some modifications. “After the second reading, now the bill is being passed for public hearing and once it’s done, then the committee has to work on it to bring it back for the third reading,” Garba said, adding, “we need to do a lot of lobbying within ourselves, our colleagues- the male counterparts – all sectors that obviously would be interested in seeing that this bill is being passed.’’
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Women for Women International’s President Laurie Adams, center, visits the Rwanda program earlier this month. (Harriet Tolputt/WFWI)
In war-torn countries across Africa and the Middle East, it is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier. International organization Women for Women International are currently working to empower these women in an effort to rebuild their lives, families and communities, including in Nigeria.
Women for Women International President Laurie Adams said one of the most pressing problems facing the women she works with is the extraordinarily high risk of sexual assault. “Rape and the degradation of women is a weapon of war,” Adams said in an interview with Humanosphere, “and rape comes with so much stigma that when a woman is raped, not only does it severely damage her, but it often pulls apart the fabric of her family and the community.”
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Women with disabilities in its press conference
Women with disabilities, under the aegis of Cedar Seeds Foundation, have asked the Nigerian government to support the empowerment of women, especially those with disabilities, by passing and assenting to the Nigeria Disability Right Bill which is currently at the Senate. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Lois Aula, the Executive Director of the organisation, called on the Senate to pass the proposed law which has scaled through second reading, to protect the rights of disabled people, especially women in the country.
“People with disabilities are usually discriminated against within the society and women are mostly at the receiving end. It is usually double discrimination for women with disabilities because we have to face discrimination in the society as a woman and as a disabled person,” Aula said, adding that, “women with disabilities have equal rights like any other human being.”
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Dolapo Osinbajo. Source: The Guardian
Speaking in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Sisters’ conference organised by The Redeemed Christian Church of God, wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, counseled women to be agents of reconciliation by empowering themselves with skills that will boost economic activities.
Osinbajo said it is important for women to be ministers of reconciliation and speak up for the needy. Additionally, Acting Head of Service, Lagos State Government, Mrs Folasade Adesoye, noted that the development of women is a prerequisite for the development of a nation.
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Professor Judith Byfield. Source: Cornell News
New research by Judith Byfield, associate professor of history at Cornell University, offers a different lens through which to understand women’s political history in post-World War II Nigeria. She discussed her findings at a crowded talk hosted by the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program in Rockefeller Hall on March 21st.
Byfield’s talk, “Gender, Spectacle and Nation-making in Post-World War II Nigeria,” focused on the famous Abeokuta women’s tax revolt in 1947. The revolt was a response to a tax increase imposed by the British government after World War II. According to Byfield, their revolt was ultimately so successful it toppled the king of Abeokuta and changed British policy, triggering a “radical transformation of the political structure in Abeokuta” and women’s politics more broadly.”
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