GEWE: Mrs. Fayemi laments Nigerian women poor rating

GEWE: Mrs. Fayemi laments Nigerian women poor rating

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has said  millions of women in Nigeria suffer from the feminization of poverty, lack of access to basic resources, disease, violent conflict and the complex use of culture, religion and tradition to render women voiceless.

Mrs Fayemi stated this  while delivering a lecture at the 2019 Biennial Conference with the theme: Gender and The Actualization of the SDGs: The African Experience at the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies (CGSPS) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

She  said Nigeria features poorly on most global indicators measuring Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE), adding that the 2014 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report rated Nigeria 118/177, while in 2015 ,Nigeria was rated 158/177 by the World Bank Gender Equality Measure Report.

Nigeria, she continued, is ranked as one of the 20 worst countries in the whole world for women alongside Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and other countries usually associated with a very low status for women. “not only did Nigeria not meet any of the original Millennium Development Goals, if care is not taken, we might not meet most of the SDG goals in 2030 either” she said.

She lamented that whereas almost all of the African countries have signed on to international agreements such as CEDAW and the African Women’s Protocol, these instruments have not been domesticated, a situation which she said continued to lead to the undermining of the rights of women and girls.

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GEWE: Mrs. Fayemi laments Nigerian women poor rating

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