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Buhari regime promises to promote women, girls’ rights

The minister called for an end to male preference in families.

• August 3, 2022

Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, has restated President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s commitment to promoting women and girls’ rights.

Mr Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the  ‘Promote My Sister’ campaign by the UN Population Fund in Abuja.

The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Mr Agba said Nigeria, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, would not relent in addressing the menace of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation.

Mathias Schmale, UN resident coordinator, said the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them.

Mr Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest.

According to him, women need to occupy prime positions across the globe. He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world, citing the likes of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Ulla Mueller, UNFPA country representative, said the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other. 

Ms Mueller, who expressed hope for a brighter and better future for women and girls, said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights.

Meanwhile, Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, commended UNFPA for the launch, saying it is apt and timely in view of the rising wave of gender-based violence.

The minister called for an end to male preference in families. 


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