The Chairman, Senate Committee on Integration and Cooperation in Africa/NEPAD, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, has advocated for legislation to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and the girl child.
In a statement to commemorate the 2019 International Day of the Girl Child, Nnamani also canvassed for the elimination of negative cultural practices against girls in line with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1994 adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women with representatives from 200 countries, including Nigeria.
On the theme for this year’s celebration, “Girl-Force: Unscripted and unstoppable”, Nnamani said that Nigeria needed to do more to advance the rights of women and girls and promote gender equality.
To give more symbolism to his position, Senator Nnamani said he will pay the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fees for all female students taking the exams in May/June 2020 in public schools in his Enugu East Senatorial District.
He said that specific actions needed to be taken to end violence against women and girls, in health, education, skills development and training as well as economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.
Senator Nnamani bemoaned the incessant sexual harassment against girls especially in the tertiary institutions saying that all forms of violation against women must be condemned.
The former governor of Enugu State also called for the promotion of women and girls involvement in the politics and governance of the country and the implementation of the 35% affirmative action for women in political appointments.