No Nation That Excludes 50 Percent Of Its Demography Can Develop As Expected – NAWOJ Says


The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has declared that any nation that excludes more than 50 percent of a segment of its demography can develop as expected.

This was as the national leadership of the Association described as ‘sad and unacceptable’ the rejection of the five Gender bills that speak to the issues against women especially discrimination and exclusion from involvement in governance and contribution to nation-building, stressing that the development is not only shameful, retrogressive but a huge tragedy in the development space of Nigeria and the eye of the global community.

NAWOJ which stated this in a message marking the 2022 International Women’s Day, said that the time to stop Gender discrimination and biases is now.

It also said that “Attaining Gender Equality Today for a sustainable Tomorrow” which is the theme for the 2022 International Women’s Day, will remain an Illusion in Nigeria except for a more pragmatic approach towards attaining and balancing Gender-related issues in the country is adopted and respected by all.

These were contained in a statement by the National President of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala in which she called on Nigerian women to arise and demand from their representatives in the parliament the fulfillment of the social contract of effective representation they signed.

Bala further said; “The celebration of the 2022 International Women’s Day would have been one of the best to be celebrated by not just women in Nigeria but development partners as well as gender-sensitive proponents if the hope of the constitutional amendment on gender bills had not been shut down and dashed by the National Assembly.

“In fact, history would have been made by the 9th Assembly as the legislature that allowed the true definition of democracy to take it roots in Nigeria but the members chose the path of exclusion and discriminatory agenda against Nigeria women and girls.

“It is, therefore, pertinent to appeal to members of the federal legislature to as a matter of urgency, necessity and in the interest of the spirit and letters of democracy to discard their earlier posture and allow for the Gender bills to be represented and passed into law.

While congratulating Nigerian women on the occasion of International Women’s Day, NAWOJ said that it is equally instructive to note that the fight towards ensuring that Nigeria corrects the wrongs requires the support of patriotic men who believe in a better Nigeria.

The Association said that until the Gender bills are reconsidered and passed into law, Nigeria cannot be seen or considered to be a fully democratic nation.

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