The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN) has called on the Federal government to expedite action on rehabilitation of the women at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to their homes.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Network’s National Secretary Mrs Yunka Shokunbi and made available to Ebony Herald International
The Network which has serious concern about the appalling situation of women at the IDPs camps seek for urgent intervention of the President to scale up the welfare of women in the camps.
It said government at all levels should create an enabling environment that would enable Nigerian women the opportunity to balance their work, family and social lives and contribute optimally to the economic growth of the nation.
While observing that the international Womens Day brought to fore the Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5 which call for universal access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of women and girls, it condemned the rising incidences of sexual violence across the country and demanded that every state government should adopt and domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to give redress to all persons that suffer sexual and other forms of abuse.
“We particularly note that Goal 5 of the SDGs gives credence to gender equality and empowers all women and girls for development at all sides”, it observed.
The NRHJN charged governments at different levels to invest more on promoting the health and welfare of women and girls and to stop all forms of harmful traditional practices, violence against women and gender discrimination.
The Network raised the need for the country to enforce effective policies to protect women in times of domestic or communal conflict to enable the women to attain their full potential.
It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that women are given a fair share of ministerial appointments and other elective positions expecting that the current imbalance sould be corrected through adherence to the 35 percent affirmative action.
It emphasized on the inclusion of all women regardless of any form of disability, in the provision and access to family planning services all over the federation.
Nigeria, it noted must be committed to empowering women through access to modern contraceptive methods and sexual reproductive health services to end the global gag rule.