The Federal Government is set to review the 2006 National Gender Policy, to bring about strategic change in improving the lives of women in the country, Women Affairs Minister Zainab Maina has said, This Abuja on Wednesday.
She said that the review and its strategic implementation would bring the much-needed peace and development in the country.
Maina said the exercise would enable the administration to fine-tune its priorities on women’s development and gender balance in national life.
According to her, the much-needed peace and development in Nigeria will only be achieved with quality investment in women and girls, whom she described, as the nation’s hidden treasures and resources.
“ We need to review the policy implementation so as to identify gaps, challenges, and evolve strategies to strengthen it.
“Efforts are already in place, this review, therefore, is another major step to further build a true platform for the development and real empowerment of women and other vulnerable members in our society.”
She said that the current administration under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan had demonstrated unflinching commitment to ensuring that men and women had equal rights and opportunities in all spheres.
“As we undergo this phase of our policy document review, all stakeholders are being presented with another opportunity to note and correct the past wrongs,” the minister said.
Maina said that the review process was a practical demonstration of the ministry’s quest to promote not only the advancement of women, but gender equity and equality in the country.
“The ministry expects that this review will carry all stakeholders along and facilitate a better operational policy document and create an environment for government to develop mechanisms that will assist in the achievement of the national goal of gender equality,” she said.
Speaking on the upcoming 2015 general elections, the minister said that women must be each other’s keeper, stressing the need to remove the ideology of `pull her down’ syndrome.
Quoting the British Council’s 2011 Gender Inequality Index, she said Nigerian was placed 120 out of 135 countries in female representation in governance, adding that the trend needed to be addressed and reversed.
She called for continuous enlightenment of women in the path towards greater female participation in governance.