Int’l Women’s Day: FIDA, LAPO Advocate Gender Equality

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) have called on Nigerians to press for gender equality towards bridging the gender gap.

They made the call at a seminar organised by LAPO to commemorate the International Women’s Day in Abuja under the theme; “Fundamentals for Progress for Nigerian Women.”

The FIDA representative, Mrs Blessing Eboh who defined gender equality as the equal contribution of women and men to every dimension of life, whether private or public, noted that women equality can only be achieved through advocacy, activism and support.

Eboh listed the rights enjoyed by women under the law to rights to economic and social welfare, health and reproductiven, education, inheritance, equal protection, right to elimination of harmful practices, culture and discrimination and rights to end violence against women, urging women to demand for them.

Speaking on behalf of LAPO, the Regional Manager, Mr Basil Ogbuagu said the organization was addressing the issue of ignorance amongst women, adding that women should be given the opportunity to participate fully in politics, governance and all sectors of the economy.