- The Centre for Democracy and Development on Monday, March 8, urged the government at all level to improve women participation in politics
- CDD said it is important to encourage young girls and women to be involved in decision-making
- The Centre also noted that women across the globe have remained resilient despite COVID-19 pandemic challenges
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called for legislation and policies that could enhance women participation in politics and decision making in Nigeria.
The call by the CDD was made by its director, Idayat Hassan, in a statement seen by Legit.ng in commemoration of the 2021 International Women's Day which is celebrated around the globe every March 8.
In line with the theme of this year's IWD, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world", Hassan said that women across the world have remained resilient as they continue to play pivotal roles in societies.
Listing globally recognised women like the vice president of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, and the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the CDD director said the centre uses the IWD 2021, to celebrate great women achievers who have shattered the glass ceilings.
According to Hassan, these women have defied the odds to make history and their achievements serve as an important lesson of inclusion.
"CDD is convinced that these amazing stories point to the possibilities of an inclusive future anchored on gender parity and women's participation in decision-making in the local, national and international arena."
"Despite the myriads of challenges ranging from entrenched patriarchal systems, marginalization in decision making, the pandemic of rape and gender violence, women can still defy the odds to shine alongside the other gender."
She further noted that the achievements recorded by these women have motivated the centre to reflect on this year's theme and deemed it important to encourage women and girls to collectively work together to bring about the desired change.
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She also said that the centre would use this opportunity created by the IWD 2021 to encourage women and girls in Nigeria and West Africa to #ChooseToChallenge and make a positive impact in every aspect of their lives and that of others.
The CDD urged stakeholders to work together to address gender inequalities by deepening women's participation in politics, economy, education, health and other critical sectors in society.
Hassan said the centre would strengthen its interventions to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously presented a list of Nigerian women who have been an inspiration for others in achieving great feats.
The five women listed by Legit.ng are said to have become a beacon of authority in their areas of specialisation and have always made Nigeria proud.
The women include the new DG of WTO, Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Buhari; the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; Nigeria's foremost female writer, Chimamanda Adiche and media mogul, Mosunmola (Mo Abudu) Abudu.
Also, to mark this year's IWD, millions of Legit.ng readers across the globe have taken to celebrate women on social media.
The readers shared photos of women, either mentor, mentees or those they admire with heartwarming words.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.