As the world marks this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) themed: “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights“, attention is drawn towards a reality check that despite remarkable progress in the advancement of women’s right, no country in the world has achieved gender equality. Being a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, Nigeria joins the global community in taking stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action twenty-five years ago.
To commemorate this year’s event, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, and supports from the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Bureau through the Africa Regional Democracy Fund (ARDF) organized a one day #Equality walk on Monday, 9th of March 2020. The walk sought to sensitize the public of their roles in championing gender equality as a mean to galvanize collective actions and talks that urge relevant stakeholders to actively share responsibility and contribute meaningfully to the agenda of gender equality in Nigeria.
In a press statement released by NWTF, the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi termed March 8 as global day to raise voices on accelerating gender equality and parity. She added that in Nigeria, the International Women’s Day serves to recreate a national platform to amplify the concerns of women and girls, especially in addressing gender power gap and other forms of discrimination that harms citizens of the nation at large.
In proffering concrete steps, the Chief Executive Officer harped on the need to actionize effective legal commitments towards a realizable gender responsive nation. In her words, “The lack of political will on provisions within existing National Gender Policy or other gender related policy documents and commitments, make it difficult to hold governance structures accountable for the recurrent low women representation in governance”. She however joined the rest of the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, especially in Nigeria.
Ms. Fijabi reiterated NWTF’s commitment towards a collaborative system that generates knowledge and pool resources for accelerated result on fair representation of both genders at all levels of decision-making processes.