British envoy promises to empower women, girls
The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mrs. Laure Beaufils, has promised to make empowerment of women and girls a priority to ensure that Nigerian women live a fulfilled life.
Speaking at a reception to mark this year’s International Women’s Day in Lagos with the theme “Be Bold for Change,” Beaufils commended women for their roles in society, adding that she was particularly inspired by the Nigerian women.
She called for an end to gender inequality in every facet of the society.Beaufils, who is the first female British Deputy High Commissioner however, regretted that no country in the world has achieved gender equality and decried the lack of equal participation of women in politics.
“Women and girls make up to 80 per cent of the refugees and displaced persons in any society. The female gender is subjected to violence and sexual abuse, exposed to torture and has been continually under-represented in most facets of life,” she said.
She urged women to step out of their comfort zones and make effort to change lives for the better by believing in themselves, supporting one another and educating the girl child.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya, has promised to protect the rights of women and girls through legislative reforms.
Igbuya stated this in a statement in Asaba to mark the International Women’s Day.He urged women to rise up for a change to correct the barriers militating against gender equality in the country.
The speaker said gender parity could only be achieved if women have equal access to education, tools of opportunity and protection against all forms of violence and discrimination.