Tobi Soniyi in Abuja on Tuesday said his administration remained committed to the promotion of women’s rights and the well being of women in all the geo-political zones of the country.
The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, felicitated with Nigerian women on the day set aside by the global community to encourage and celebrate women’s social, cultural, economic and political achievements.
Buhari noted that the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Pledge for Parity,” was consistent with the promise by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to remove all impediments to the realisation of equality by Nigerian women.
He assured women that his administration would continue to do all within its powers to fulfill that pledge.
Accordingly, Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to move quickly to identify critical issues militating against the well-being and progress of Nigerian women, with a view to rapidly devising adequate plans, programmes and strategies to address them.
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to women to stop suffering in silence by reporting all incidences of abuse against them to the commission.
NHRC’s Executive Secretary, Professor Bem Angwe, who spoke at a press conference in commemoration of the 2016 International Women’s Day celebration said the commission was rededicating itself to upholding women’s rights and puting an end to abuses to which women were being subjected to on a daily basis.
Angwe decried the rising cases of violations of women’s rights in the country saying that due prosecution was necessary in order to put an end to the trend.
Angwe said the commission over the past two years, had been flooded with complaints bordering on violence against women compared to other cases of human rights violation.
He said the fight against discrimination and violence against women was a priority of the International community, the Nigerian government and the commission.
He urged the federal government to adopt a systematic and comprehensive approach to put an end to impunity by perpetrators of violence against women and girls.
Angwe argued that most times, when cases of violence against women were being investigated, the women often asked that the case be discontinued because of fear that the man who was the breadwinner of the family was detained.
He therefore called on the government to provide social security for women because “if they are empowered, there will be no fear of hunger if the man is undergoing investigation or detained.”
He called for the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, Sexual Offences Act and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, stressing that a special court for women-related violence was needed to ensure diligent prosecution of such cases.