Advocates for the protection and empowerment of girls
Senate Speaker Senator Ahmad Lawan said Tuesday that very soon, the Senate House will be made up of 50 percent of the female representation.
Lawan has underlined the need for the federal government to ensure the protection and empowerment of the girl child in Nigeria, adding that the government must make efforts at all levels to prioritize the protection of the girl child against violence, rape and all forms of discrimination.
Speaking in Plenary as part of the movements to commemorate the International Day of the Girl 2020 that was celebrated on Sunday, October 12, 2020, the President of the Senate said, “One day, very soon, this chamber will have a fifty percent women. “
Lawan, who emphasized the need for gender empowerment, said that girls must be educated so that they can be leaders of tomorrow and for a better Nigeria.
According to him, the girl needs to be protected from violence considering the various cases of rape that occur in the country.
Lawan said, “the country is doing very badly on gender equality. Girls must be educated so that they can be leaders of tomorrow ”.
Lawan, who noted that the girl has long been deprived of equal opportunities like her male counterpart, needed to propel her to leadership positions in the country, said: “We are in a situation where our girls need to be protected from violence. .
“Our country and society must continue to support girls in the area of educating and empowering them, and providing them with all available opportunities to actualize their potentials as boys are given.
“Today, we only have seven senators. This type of situation can be corrected from the early stages, when the girl has every opportunity.
“We hope that one day, fifty percent of the senators in this chamber will be women.
“We need to improve this as a country by giving our girls the necessary empowerment and skills that will propel them to become leaders in the future, and the country will be better for it.”