AS NIGERIA joins the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day today, the National Human Right Commission, NHRC, has called on Nigerian women to take a bold step in fighting the monster of corruption to ensure full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Acting executive secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah gave the urge yesterday, noting that corruption was responsible for gross human rights violations everywhere in the world and that this adversely affects women, children and the less privileged members of the society the most. NHRC’s head, Media Relations, Fatimah Agwai Mohammad said in a statement yesterday that Mrs. Ovrawah used the opportunity of IWD celebration to call on everyone to shun discrimination against women and girls, which is still rampant. She said equality for women was progress for all, noting that countries with higher level of gender equality have higher economic growth and better protection for rights of women. Women participation in peace and security work, and women negotiators increase chances of sustainable peace she added. The acting executive secretary of NHRC said “human rights are not a dream, they are duties for which we must all work to realize.” She further called on the government to commit to women’s and the girl child’s rights so that they can live free from violence in all circumstances and have equal say to decision making that affect their lives, adding that this year’s theme, ‘Be bold for change’ was therefore relevant as it is reminder to every woman to rise up and take a bold step to be part of a change for better life of women.


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