NCWS seeks transformative agenda for women in 2020
• Ministry to announce first baby of the year
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) yesterday asked the government at all levels to ensure a transformative agenda for women in 2020 to realise the gains of gender equality.
Its President, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, who made the call in her New Year message to Nigerian women in Abuja, said this would help stakeholders to push for advancement in areas lacking progress.
She said 2020 would be a historic year for women and the time to call for transformative agenda for women in 2020 is now.
“Recent history has shown that transformative change is important and lasting, but takes place only when there are major investment and attention that rises above partisan concerns.
“At NCWS, we believe that asserting the centrality of investments in women and girls is critical for the health of the country.
“Rising above the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 indicators to measure progress, we call for a fresh, bold and straightforward agenda for new investment in six key areas to realise progress for women and girls in the country,” she said.
Shoda also urged the global community to identify key actions in politics, reproductive health, gender-based violence and education on which to concentrate for the benefit of all women.
She noted that most significant progress had been made in the struggle for women’s advancement since the Beijing Conference in 1995.
Insisting that the emergence of a broader, mainstreamed recognition and investment in women in many areas of development had yielded better results than gender neutral approach, she added that the time is now apt for issues on women to move from the sidelines to the centre stage and promote activities that would put women at the centre of development.
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has said the Federal Government had made plans to seek out and announce the first baby of the year today.
A statement issued by Director of Press in the ministry, Shehu Maikai, yesterday noted that arrangements have been made to announce the first baby to be born in 2020, which will also mark the first at the end of a decade.
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