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ABUJA — About 10,000 Nigerian women suffer from all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on a daily basis. The Country Representative of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Ulla Elisabeth Mueller disclosed this at the End Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria Summit, organised by the Nigeria Academy of Science and the Ford Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria Capital Territory. “Available statistics showed that one in three girls are exposed to gender-based violence, one in five...

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ENUGU — The Enugu State Governor’s wife Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi advocates awareness creation against Gender-Based Violence, GBV, in schools, churches, markets, and other public places in a bid to end all forms of violence against the girl-child and women in the state. She described Gender-Based Violence as a global crisis that needs to be tackled decisively through provision of psychological and financial support to victims and indigent women. “Putting an end to all forms...

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 international human rights day on December 10, the Nigerian Feminist Forum has called for an amended constitution to spell out the enforcement of affirmative action to ensure female inclusion. The group’s Communications Officer, Angela Nkwo, made the call in a statement to commemorate the day. According to the group, there was nothing to celebrate because women and girls are exposed to several human...

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ABUJA — The Country Director of an international non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria, has expressed concerns that about 45 million active women of childbearing age lack access to family planning and sexual reproductive health services in the country. Effiom  Effiom, made the revelation in Abuja Monday during a two-day sexual reproductive health workshop his organization, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, organised for traditional and religious leaders. He said lack of access to facilities...

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A Tesla factory worker in California has sued the electric car maker, alleging women are subjected to rampant sexual harassment at the facility and that managers have not taken action despite her complaints. The Fremont plant in the San Francisco Bay area has been involved in other controversies, including a lawsuit alleging racism and a battle over Covid-19 restrictions. In the new suit filed Thursday, Jessica Barraza says she was the victim of sexist language...

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ABUJA — Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has revealed that a total of 487 persons have been convicted for trafficking of young Nigerian girls and boys for sexual exploitation and hard labour. Waziri-Azi spoke on Thursday in Abuja at her maiden news conference, where she declared a 24 hours hands-on-deck approach to fighting against cartels involved in human trafficking in the country. She...

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Minors in Adamawa State have sought the protection of underage girls from early marriages through the enactment of child rights protection bill that will stop parents from giving them out for marriage until they complete secondary school. This is just as the girls called for legislation for the prohibition of early marriage in the state. The representative of the underage girls, Amira Abdullahi, a 13-year-old JSS 3 student at the Government Day Junior Secondary School,...

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NEW YORK —UN Women on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better. The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organisation stated this in a report on “UN Women’s Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice’’. The report draws on the latest data, analysis and input from more than 100 global experts...

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Hon Halima Hassan Tukur, a former House of Representatives member who represents Yauri/Sanga/Ngaski federal constituency has encouraged young women seeking knowledge and political positions to be focused and resilient. Hajiya Halima Tukur while addressing members of the Progressive Young Women Forum (PYWF) drawn from the 36 states of the federation and FCT, told the young women to be consistent and visible so that their communities would notice their hard work and their enthusiasm amid a...

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ABUJA —  A political analyst, Mohammed Muazu has called for more commitment to educate and liberate women from the North to take up more leadership positions and be involved in decision-making. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Saturday, Muazu who said that he is passionate about women empowerment said that for too long women had been held in shackles and limited from participation. From education to political participation and leadership, he...

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