Human right activist, Dr Joe Okei-Odumaki, on Thursday said that a bill for gender balance to curb violence, ensure peace and development needed to be enacted.
Okei-Odumakin, the President, Centre for Change, spoke at an event to mark Industri-All Nigeria National Council, to celebrate the 2019 International Women Day, celebration tagged,” balance for better”.
She said that the refusal of National Assembly to pass a bill on gender equality had weakened the value of women and caused them to be treated with contempt.
She said that the males and females were going through violence and unless a law was instituted, it would be difficult to stop.
“In the Centre for Change, we have buried 30 women and 10 men, handled 4,000 cases since inception as a result of gender violence,” she said.
The human rights activist showed a preview of about 10 gender cases that had either led to death or their maiming, adding that more women should be voted into the Senate and House of Representatives to make a change.
Mr Babatunde Olatunji, the Chairman, Industri-All Global Union, Nigeria chapter, said that the union would support any policy that promote gender balance.
Olatunji said that there was the need to celebrate women because of their social, economic and political achievement.
Mrs Oluchi Amaogu, the Chairperson, Industri-All Women Committee, said that the women must be strong and united to achieve their desires.
“There are gender policies and guidelines concerning gender rights that are in organisation to improve the lives of women. It should be implemented,” she said.
The chairperson urged the students who participated in the programme to relay the gender balance issue to their schools.
The Industri-All member unions gave fraternity messages in the event attended by eight secondary schools.
The unions urged the women to continue to fight for their right and tackle issues hindering their contributions to nation’s development.