Women’s Day: Senate Decries Rape, Child Marriage, Urges Rescue of Chibok Girls

OrderPaperToday – To mark today’s International Women’s Day, the Senate adopted a motion which decried rape and forced marriage of under-aged girls in the country.

The Senate also called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts at rescuing over 200 female students abducted from Chibok in 2014 as well as other girls kidnapped by hoodlums.

A motion by chairperson, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) moved at resumption of plenary on Tuesday said women deserve celebration and not discrimination.

On its part, Senate expressed readiness to amend relevant laws to ensure that certain quota was reserved exclusively for women in the three arms of government.

In her presentation, Sen. Tinubu decried growing gender inequality in the country in spite of several gender friendly laws, saying Nigerian women had suffered several forms of discrimination ranging from abduction, rape, and male dominance on inheritance.

She said: “I am concerned that rape is on the increase in the country and this is with little prosecution.

“There is therefore a need for re-orientation, on the gender equality, women’s rights and adequate allocation of resources.”

In his contribution, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, expressed concern that in spite of the democratic growth in the country, the representation of women in all arms of government was dwindling.

Similarly, Deputy Minority Whip, Sen. Biodun Olujinmi, called for solution to child marriage and other practices that were detrimental to the survival of the girl-child in the society.

According to her, all the issues plaguing women should be placed in proper perspective so that the country would reap the benefits of having female children.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the 8th senate would ensure amendment relevant laws to involve more women in government.

He said “we must all play our roles to recover the Chibok girls and other abducted girls, protect women from domestic violence , as well as make the education of the girl-child a priority and the 8th senate would play its role in all of these.”

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