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NGO advocates protection of women, girl-child’s rights



Prof. Epiphany Azinge, Founder of the Epiphany Azinge Foundation, an NGO, has underscored the need for more investment in women empowerment to promote their well being globally.

Azinge made the call at the 2020 Colloquium Nigeria tagged: “Score Card of 25 Years Post Beijing Conference”, on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the colloquium was initiated to assess if women and the girl-child had constraints to exercise their fundamental human rights and freedom.

According to him, the seminar seeks to assess measures taken by leaders to ensure effective fights against the violation of women rights and freedom.

“This conference emerges in a well powerful recognition of the crucial role of women in sustainable development and protecting the environment of human rights of women.

“Also, violence against women as an intolerable violation of rights.

“Right of health and maternal care, family planning facility and access to education and information are essential to the exercise by women of their fundamental rights.

“More significantly; this Colloquium is expected to vigorously interrogate if all necessary measures have been taken to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and the girl-child.

“And remove all obstacles to gender equality and the advancement and empowerment of women,” he said.

Azinge urged members of the Colloquium to live up to their duty on leading conversations to promote good score card for Nigeria when compared to other countries.

Also speaking; Mr Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, described the Colloquium as platform that promotes empowerment of women and the girl child in Nigeria.

Ojukwu said: “Issues about rights of women and the girl-child were quite appalling, which include lack of quality education, healthcare, poverty and violence.

“Today’s event is timely considering the fact that Nigeria joined other state parties at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 17 of them and all of them are around poverty issues.

“This is an avenue to redouble our resolve in ensuring adequate measures already in place, to critically examine challenges and create road map to improve what is on ground”.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali