- The wife of Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan was in Seoul, South Korea to preach gender equality
- Patience Jonathan during her speech at the World Summit 2020 said gender equality and justice is vital to sustainable development
- The ex-First Lady said everybody has to volunteer to promote peace irrespective of their different role and status in the societies
A former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, has reiterated the need for gender equality across the globe.
Patience while speaking at the ongoing World Summit 2020 in Seoul, South Korea made a case for gender equality and social justice.
Describing these social tools and the building blocks for sustainable development across the globe, the First Lady said peace is a vital atmosphere under which prosperity and other virtues like love and justice and equality could blossom.
“Today, as we gather to discuss on the way forward towards peace, security and human development, I want to re-echo the need for gender equality and justice in all spheres of our society," Patience said.
Stating that sustainable peace and development cannot be achieved in the absence of equality and justice.
She said: “We cannot achieve sustainable peace and development in the absence of equality and justice, as they are the pathway to a peaceful and prosperous world."
Further adding that peace is the ground upon which sustainable development is built, Patience said everybody has to volunteer to promote peace irrespective of their different role and status in the societies.
Also, describing women as critical stakeholders in peacebuilding, the former Nigerian First Lady said: “The United Nations Security Council in recognition of the important role women play in sustaining peace around the world adopted resolution 1325 on October 31, 2000."
She said the resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.
She also said that the Resolution calls on governments and all actors to increase the participation of women in policymaking while all parties in a conflict are expected to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict.
“I call on women around the world to stand firm and continue with their task of peace-building in their respective nations no matter the challenges and difficulties they face."
“Governments and all stakeholders around the world should work towards eliminating all forms of sexual and gender-based violence," Patience concluded.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a civil society organisation had urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to promote strong legislatures that would help promote the rights of women across Nigeria.
The SING Nigeria while commemorating with the 2019 United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women said the world has made steady advancements towards eliminating the scourge and associated crimes against women.
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