OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to intensify the search for the 110 missing Dapchi schoolgirls, who were reportedly kidnapped from their school in Yobe State.
As a matter of urgency, the House further urged the government to rescue the Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls, as well as provide security for all school children in Nigeria.
Additionally, the House resolved to establish a legal framework for gender parity, women’s socio-economic and political empowerment and partner with the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the ‘Gender Equal Opportunities’ bill.
The resolution followed a motion by Mrs Stella Ngwu (PDP, Enugu) to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD) with the theme: “#PressforProgress.”
Every year, the 8th of March is marked, globally, as the International Women’s Day to promote and celebrate women’s achievements and push for gender equality.
According to Mrs Ngwu, “this day seeks to bring together governments, women’s organizations, businesses and charity organizations under the banner of the IWD.
“The day comes with unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice as sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women have captured headlines and public discourse, propelling a rising determination for change.”
Contributing to the motion, Mr Ganduje Kazaure (APC, Jigawa) said the government needs to create an enabling environment for women to thrive. Adding that under the right conditions, women could surpass the efforts of men.
Speaking to OrderPaperNG on the motion after plenary, Mrs. Ekpoatai Owoidighe (PDP, Akwa Ibom) added: “The challenges women face in politics is that women are perceived as threat by the male folks. But, until men begin to see us as partners in progress…we (women) need to encourage one another and stand on the principle of love, justice, faithfulness and peace.”