UN Women says Nigeria has an obligation based on international and regional commitments to adopt legislation that will help remove barriers preventing current and future generations of women from the right to participate in public life and the enjoyment of their human rights as full citizens in a democratic state.
In a statement, the UN Women Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Comfort Lamptey says presently, Nigeria lags behind African countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Tunisia, Senegal, Uganda and Cape Verde, which have adopted constitutions and other national laws that provide for equal rights and opportunities, including the Special Seats or Proportional Representation System.
Ms. Lamptey further notes that for Nigeria to meet its deepest aspirations in the race to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, investment in women’s leadership is critical and the UN Women remains resolute in its commitment to support Nigeria along this path.
According to the statement, more than ever, the experiences and expertise of Nigerian women are needed in designing Nigerian laws and policies to make them beneficial to both female and male interests without exclusion or discrimination.
The statement salutes women’s rights organisations at the grassroots, state, and national levels who continue to relentlessly advocate equal rights for women in the constitution and legislative framework in Nigeria.
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