- The alarming rate of violence against women is getting the attention of African governments
- Experts, activists and advocates are concerned about how women are being treated in the society
- The minister of state for the FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu and US-based journalist, community builder and media entrepreneur, Magnafaith Krimi are part of the campaign
The minister of state for the FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu and US-based journalist, community builder and media entrepreneur, Magnafaith Krimi have condemned the alarming rate of violence against women while discussing gender inequality in Africa at the just concluded African Women Conference in Morocco.
Speaking at the event, the minister called for gender balanced philosophy to be internalized in the body of African politics, adding that the education of the girl child must be taken seriously if there must be a way forward.
According to her, education of the girl child should be pursued with greater vigor and cultural barriers and stereotypes which hinder the girl child’s access to functional education.
“Knowledge is key to effective women participation in political processes, especially in a post-colonial Africa whose economy is becoming increasingly knowledge-driven.
”Women must show the compelling intellectual capacity to provide visionary leadership that will help African nations defeat poverty, create wealth, create jobs and enhance prosperity,” she said.
On her part, MagnaFaith Krimi stated that: “We worked on building a coalition to end gender inequality as envisioned by the African Women Conference Team led by Dr Jumai Ahmadu in Morocco.
“My goal in subscribing to the coalition was to strengthen the movement, as I have always worked to amplify the voices of women and the girl child who have been unheard.”
She particularly condemned in strong terms the violence against women in politics citing examples to include the just concluded Kogi state gubernatorial polls where a PDP women leader was burnt to death in the most gruesome manner.
She stated that she wept as she heard Natasha Akpoti speak on the humiliation she suffered by identifying as “woman” in the electoral process.
“It is beyond disturbing, in trying to comprehend how women are being treated in our society. You see, the Nigerian woman has survived violence, massive inequity with disproportionately low representation in leadership and managerial positions.
“The Nigerian woman should not be shut out of leadership and decision-making positions, if anything, the Nigerian woman must benefit to the same extent as their male counterparts,” she added.
About a month ago, Krimi announced her displeasure and condemned the murder of an aid worker by Boko Haram militia in Borno state.
She called for the unconditional release of the remaining members of the Action Against Hunger team still being held captive by the Boko Haram militia, expressing hope that the Nigerian armed forces will ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
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