EKSG restates commitment to gender equality
From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has reiterated the commitment of her husband towards gender equality and the right of women in the state.
Mrs Fayemi said the era when women were maltreated was over in the state, saying all the laws protecting their rights are now being implemented by her husband, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Mrs. Fayemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday while presenting an address as part of activities lined up to commemorate the 2019 International Women’s Day in the state.
She explained that Ekiti has been recognised as a state that has the political will to safeguard the rights of women due to the laws enacted by government to give them a leverage in the society.
In the area of political appointments, Mrs Fayemi stated that Governor Fayemi’s administration has been complying with the 1993 Beijing declaration to inject the culture of gender equality into the state’s body polity.
She said that the event ought to have been celebrated on March 8, but was postponed for coinciding with the governorship and House of Assembly elections .
Mrs Fayemi said the government was more committed to the implementation of the gender based violence provision law, equal opportunities law, child right law and other safety policies that protect the rights of the women folk.
She advised women not to feel intimidated or shy to cry out while in distress , saying laws are there to fight for them when oppressed.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Foluke Adeyemo said apart from empowerment, Fayemi’s government had also initiated policies and laws like multiple births trust fund, child rights act and gender based violence prohibition law to protect women and make them relevant in the state.
“This programme affords us the opportunity to reflect on the giant strides women have made and to reflect on their problems and how to address it. So, women must be united for them to earn more respect and dignity in the society”, he said.
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