Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

CISLAC to Government: Protect Women and Girls in Nigeria

By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has issued a compelling call to government at all levels in Nigeria to urgently address the multifaceted challenges confronting women and girls across the country

In commemoration of the 2024 International Women’s Day, Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of CISLAC, highlighted the pressing issue of insecurity haunting women and girls.

He pointed out that violence, kidnappings, and banditry continue to threaten their safety, citing the recent kidnapping of over 100 females in Borno State.

Comrade Rafsanjani emphasized the critical need for comprehensive gender policies at all tiers of government. He underscored the National Assembly’s pivotal role in expediting the passage of essential Gender Bills to safeguard the rights and well-being of women and girls nationwide.

Addressing the alarming escalation of domestic violence, rape cases, and incidents of sexual harassment within tertiary institutions, Comrade Rafsanjani called on the National Human Rights Commission and other stakeholders to take decisive action. He urged them to protect survivors and ensure swift justice for perpetrators.

CISLAC’s advocacy extended to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging his prompt assent to the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institutions Bill. This legislation is crucial in combating the pervasive culture of harassment and abuse in academic settings, fostering a safer environment for learning and development.

As CISLAC amplifies its voice in championing gender equality and justice, it remains committed to driving tangible change. The organization is dedicated to fostering a society where the rights and dignity of women and girls are upheld and protected without compromise.

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