Men have continued to receive praise and eulogy on social media in commemoration of International Men’s Day.
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on Nov. 19.
The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day.’
It focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, highlighting discrimination against men and promoting male role models.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the accolades, which came mostly from women and social groups, praised men for their bravery and courage.
@Chibeie said, “To the father that never left and provided at all cost!
“To the man that believes in women’s rights! To the man that never raises his hands on a lady!
“To the man that never indulges in rape or Adultery! Happy #InternationalMensDay. You are the real MVP!”(Most valued person).
@BellaRizinti wrote, “Happy #InternationalMen’sDay To my friends & loved ones.
“To the men tackling toxic masculinity. To the men who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable.
“To the men who are struggling with mental health issues. To the men who are told to “man up”. You’re good enough as you are.”
NAN reports that the men were also encouraged to speak up about issues that disturbed their mental health.
@Melacomfort said, “Suicide remains one of the most common causes of death for men, aged between 18-50.
“All men should be made to feel comfortable about speaking openly and getting support.
“Asking for help when you need it doesn’t make you weak. It just means you’re human. #InternationalMensDay.”
@Ericafett said, “To the men out there that realise that your depth as a man and more importantly as a human, isn’t measured by how much you lift or how “tough” you are.
“Rather, your ability to be a good man. Bless all you good ones out there. #InternationalMensDay.”
NAN reports that the celebration in Nigeria was unofficial as the country is not listed as one of the 44 countries in the world that observe the Day.
This has reduced the level of awareness of the importance of the International Men’s Day celebration in Nigeria.
Seeing that the country celebrates International Women’s Day and officially organises events, some respondents noted that the lack of celebration for men was partial.
Albehi Salehi said, “There is Day for men. Sadly government isn’t running any event on this day. Partiality. #InternationalMensDay”
Johnson Akinwale said, “I feel men deserve a celebration as grand as women. Our struggles and pains are valid too and need to be acknowledged.”
Edited by Dada Ahmed
Kaduna :Women groups stage stand-still-peaceful rally against rape
Some women groups in Kaduna on Thursday staged stand still peaceful rally to end rape in the country.
The rally was organised by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in collaboration Jammiyyar Matan Arewa and other women organisations in the state.
Mrs Zainab Atoba, President, Federation of women Lawyers (FIDA), Kaduna branch said the rally was aimed at saying “enough is enough of all forms of girl-child abuses and abuses of other children that are facing rape cases on daily basis across the country”.
Atoba said that the rate of violence against women and children in the society was getting out of hand, hence the need to quickly address it to save lives of women and children in communities.
She said that the rally was to raise more awareness on the dangers of rape in the society that is affecting lives of innocent children and women, including elderly women and widows.
She pointed out that most of the rape victims faced psychological trauma and other health challenges.
According to her, the gathering was to say No to rape in the society, as almost every minute, there is report of rape of a child in the country.
“This is not really good for women and children in the country, ” she said.
The president said the women were calling on Government to consider castrating rapists or sentence them to death as deterrent.
She called on religious leaders, traditional title holders and other stakeholders to support the battle against rape and other abuses against children.
Similarly, the National President of Jamiyyar Matan Arewa, Rabi Saulawa emphasised the need to educate parents and guardians to always monitor the movement of their children.
Saulawa noted that there was need to engage traditional rulers and clerics in sensitizing the public on the dangers of rape in the society.
Also in her remark, the National President of Interfaith Dialogue, Kaduna Women Wing, Hajiya Aisha Kazaure, expressed worries over increased abuse of children and women in the society due to lack of commitment in punishing offenders.
Kazaure called for the review of Nigeria’s laws dealing with issues of child abuses and rape in the society.
She applauded the organisers of the peaceful rally saying, it should be a continuous process.
Meanwhile, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, an interfaith specialist, has called on Civil Society Organisations to embark on advocacy visit to necessary stakeholders in the state to push for review of laws on rape and sexual abuse
She urged women across the country to join the campaign against all forms of child abuses and domestic violence in their communities.
Tijjani who spoke in an interview with newsmen, stressed the need to co-opt all necessary stakeholders such as UNICEF, WHO, federal and state ministry’s of women affairs, security forces and para-military in the fight.
She said daily report of violence which included sexual assault, battery, rape, defilement, trafficking, forced marriage, abuse and host of other vices against women and children must be tamed.
“There is need for Government to start castrating rapists so as to make life better for children in both rural and urban centers,” she said.(NAN)
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup host: FIFA confirms submission of 3 bids to Council
The world football governing body, FIFA has confirmed the submission of the three host bids for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to the FIFA Council for the selection of host on June 25.
This is contained in a statement on the federation’s website on Wednesday.
”Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, today, FIFA confirmed that three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) at its meeting to be held online on June 25, 2020.
”The three qualifying bids are: joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football; submission by the Colombian Football Association and submission by the Japan Football Association, ” the statement read.
“One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better.
The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women’s football has generated.
“We are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Brazilian Football Association had on June 8, informed FIFA of its decision to withdraw its bid.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Women group calls for enforcement of stringent laws against rape, GBV
A Muslim Humanitarian group, Sisters of Jannah (SOJ), has urged the Federal Government to adopt stringent measures to check the rising cases of rape and violence against women in the society.
The National President of the group, Mrs Ramatu Aliyu, made the appeal in a visual news conference in Abuja on Monday.
She said that the organisation, out of concern for increase incident of rape cases, had resolved to be a voice for the voiceless females, whose lives had been horrendously cut short by rapists.
Aliyu said international statistics revealed that over half of the total population of women received unwanted sexual attention at some point in their lives.
“The most innocent segment of society have not been spared, as young children are also targeted by the perpetrators of rape, who are devoid of conscience, she said..
Aliyu said that girls suffer sexual exploitation and molestation, adding that the endemic nature of sexual crimes and violence against females was shocking and callous.
” This must be urgently addressed, hence this call to action at every strand of society; including our homes, schools, all levels of government, humanitarian organisations and places of worship.
” We call for stricter laws on rape and violence against women and children. We call for training and investment in resources for law enforcement.
” We call for collective effort in preventing these crimes, as exposing such incidents via word of mouth and all forms of media also go a long way.
” As such, we are publicly declaring our stance against rape and violence against females.
“To this end, we have organised a lecture on rape as part of the various topics to be addressed in our upcoming online marriage seminar slated to hold between June 19 and 20.
” We are also sensitising our members by publishing self-defence techniques to help keep ourselves safe, but these will only go so far so we desperately need robust protection of the government on this matter, ” Aliyu said.
She disclosed that the organisation had established counselling unit dedicated to supporting women in distress with a view to encouraging survivors and families of the demised to seek professional help in dealing with the trauma.
She noted that the crimes not only affect a specific ethnic group, region of the country, religious sect or class of society.
Aliyu, therefore, enjoined all members of the public to show solidarity by condemning the acts openly.
” We all must support victims and survivors rather than insinuate blame of any kind on them, because absolutely nothing can excuse or justify such crimes.
” Similarly, we are mourning Uwaila Omozuwa, a 23-year-old student, raped and murdered as she studied in a place of worship, and for many more others that have been violently destroyed by heartless perpetrators in our country, ” she said.
Women group seeks more funding for agriculture
The Small-Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) on Monday urged the Federal Government to allocate more funds to agriculture as a critical sector, as it reviews the 2020 budget.
SWOFON’s President, Mary Afan, made the call in a virtual briefing with newsmen.
“We also know that increased public investments in critical sectors such as agriculture, are required to lift the binding constraints on the poor and more importantly on women farmers’ productivity.
“This will better position the economy on its path to resurgence from the imminent recession.
“We are saying, therefore, that reducing the agriculture budget by any margin at all, is the wrong option.
“Rather, government should undertake a reprioritisation of sectors in a way that involves reprogramming funds to critical sectors such as agriculture,” she said.
“The proposal seeks to reduce the recurrent vote of the Ministry by N721million from N58.686 billion to N57.964 billion, while the capital vote will be reduced from N124.395 billion to N79.012 billion, being a reduction of N45.382 billion, representing 36 per cent reduction.
“Essentially, from the proposed amendment, agriculture’s vote as a percentage of the overall appropriation will be a paltry 1.3 per cent.
“This is a reduction from the original proposal in the 2020 budget, which was 1.73 per cent of the overall budget.
“In the review and prioritisation of programmes for the 2020 federal budget, it is imperative that the government should not reduce the appropriation to the Ministry of Agriculture.”
She said the reprogrammed funds should be used to meet the various needs of the Smallholder women farmers, whose contributions were critical to food security in the country.
Afan noted that there should be a review of the COVID-19 intervention fund criteria for women farmers, to be able to access it.
“It should be taken through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, who knows the farmers, especially the Smallholder women farmers.
“None of the women farmers who are Smallholders across the 36 states have benefitted from the intervention credit facility to cushion the effect of COVID-19 by the government through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“We are still hopeful, and so, we will press on till we can access the loans,” she said.
The group advocated the implementation of affirmative action and gender mainstreaming among other demands, to address the challenges facing its members.