By Aisha Saad
On 21st of March 2016, Her Excellency Hajiya Maryam Muhammad Umar Jibrilla celebrates International women’s day with women across the state at Banquet hall, Government House yola.
International women’s day is a global day set aside in celebrating the socio-Economic, Cultural and political achievements of women. International women’s day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.The day is celebrated on 8th of March every year. The day was first observed as a popular event after the United National Assembly invited member state to proclaim March 8th as the UN day for women’s fight and world peace.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “PLANET 50:50 By 2030; STEP IT UP FOR GENDER EQUALITY”.
In her remarks, a member representing Numan constituency, Mrs. Sodom Tayidi, who is also the chairman House committee on women Affairs presents a paper on” Involvement of women in governance and decision making” where she said “In the past, only few women were involved in governance but, recently a lot of women participate actively and they hold many positions. She called on people in the society to shun away from gender discrimination as women in politics are seen as partners in progress.
In a speech delivered by UNICEF consultant Mrs. Hannatu Yaro on the topic” the need to involve women and girls in security and peace”. She said” the issue of women and girls can not be over emphasised because women and girls are the most vulnerable in the society. She also said there is need to involve women in conflict resolution. She finally commends the efforts of UN agencies in the state and ministry for women Affairs for partnering with them.
In her speech, Her Excellency Hajiya Maryam Muhammad Umar Jibrilla said”our new model of democracy will need to design intervention programmes specially focused on the problems and needs of women, especially widows to enable them become inspired bearers of democratic values. In this regard, the rights of women education, health, employment into civil service and appointments as well as access to elective positions will have to be protected if we are to sow the seeds of Nigeria’s democratic future on rich soil. She further commends the efforts of his Excellency sen. Muhammad Umar Jibrilla for being gender friendly government, as attested by his appointment of a reasonable number of women in his cabinet. Lastly, Haj. Maryam urged the women to support the present government at all levels so that the change mantra that we all agitated for could be translated into reality for the benefit of all.
In a vote vote of thanks the permanent secretary, ministry for women Affairs. Hajiya Maisaratu Bello appreciates the efforts of present government for supporting the programme, she also thanked all women who were present for attending the programme.
Those present at the occasion are; Deputy governor, chief of staff, wife of deputy governor, wife of Hon. Speaker state house of assembly, wives of Hon. Commissioners, UN Representatives, members of International rescue committee, women in politics, FOMWAN, CAN representatives, permanent secretaries, women from different association across the state.