Auja – The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to develop short, medium and long term action plans to address the increasing challenges faced by women in Nigeria.
The issues, according to the House bordered mainly on gender inequality and maternal mortality.
The resolution was sequel to an event marking this year’s world population day which was being commemorated on Thursday.
In a motion titled “Commemoration of World Population Day: Need to Address Growing Concerns Confronting the Women Population in Nigeria”, which was moved by Hon. Nkiru Onyejiocha (APC, Abia), the House at plenary expressed concerns over the challenges confronting Nigerian women.
Onyejeocha had said that with the rise in the insurgency, sectarian crisis and killings in recent years in Nigeria, the plight of women has worsened with more widows and orphaned children, especially the girl child.
She said: “…since 1989, 11 July has been designated annually to commemorate the World Population Day”.
“…the World Population Day focuses attention on Population issues like family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health, infant mortality, human rights, immigration and education of women.
“…the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development identified reproductive health and gender equality as key issues for attaining sustainable development;”…this Year’s World Population Day calls for global attention on the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference.
“… 25 years after this landmark Conference, which was well attended by over 20,000 delegates from about 179 nations, United Nations (UN) Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the Media, Nigeria still lags behind in issues affecting women like economic exclusion, high maternal/infant mortality rate, gender inequality and recently the plight of women in Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps”, she said.
The deputy majority Whip also expressed concerned that with the rise in the insurgency, sectarian crisis and killings in recent years in Nigeria, the plight of women has worsened with more widows and orphaned children, especially the girl child.
“Observes the need for Nigeria to urgently carry out another population census in order to distill the demographics and living conditions of women in Nigeria.
“Cognizant of the need for due attention to issues of gender inequality, economic exclusion of women, high maternal mortality, gender discrimination and abuse of women in internally displaced Persons’ camps as the nation commemorates the 2019 World Population Day”, she said.
The motion was overwhelmingly voted when subjected to voice votes.
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