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Group backs women against gender inequality in N’Assembly

By Guardian Nigeria
11 March 2022   |   3:05 am
A group, Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo has said it did not celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), but express displeasure with the National Assembly for rejecting bills on gender equality and a constitutional review that can ensure equity.

A group, Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo has said it did not celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), but express displeasure with the National Assembly for rejecting bills on gender equality and a constitutional review that can ensure equity.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Nnedinso Ogaziechi and made available to The Guardian, the group lamented that Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world because of patriarchy, insisting that only women understood the pain of poverty and create the economic environment for prosperity.

“Women need to operate on a level playing field through the enabling laws by the National Assembly but some members are making this impossible.

“Nigeria has the highest number of out-of school children in the world at over 13 million. Most of the illiterate population are women and an uneducated woman often has many challenges raising children, who can be maximally productive for national development,” it said.

It argued that the country has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, adding: “What is a country without women and children. Women need to have equal political platforms to right the wrongs.

“We at Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo insist that the National Assembly must, as a matter of urgency, pass all gender equity bills to empower more women to participate actively in nation building.

“We acknowledge the efforts of some members of the National Assembly towards the passage of the bills, but we are disappointed at those who vehemently oppose equity and justice for all citizens. We are taking note of all of them. We stand against all biases.”