8 July 2012

Nigeria: Minister Hails Nigeria's Election Into UN-CEDAW

Abuja — The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has hailed the appointment of Ms. Oby Nwankwo into the UN Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Expert Committee for the next four years.

Maina, while receiving Nwankwo in her office in Abuja recently, said the election would facilitate the domestication of the bill which has been pending before the National Assembly for the last three sessions.

It will be an incentive, she added, for the government to begin to comply with the provisions of the convention which it ratified since 1985.

She added that it will also improve respect for Nigeria at the international level and will increase participation in the treaty body. Maina described Nwankwo as a gender activist who has been fighting the cause of women for almost three decades.

In her response, Nwankwo acknowledged that the domestication of CEDAW has various impediments due to Nigeria's multicultural background.

She added that her election would help the committee to understand the challenges being faced by African countries in the domestication of CEDAW.

Nwankwo called for the passage of the Violence Against Women (VAW) bill to protect women from domestic assaults and battery.

Meanwhile, the Minister has reaffirmed the commitment of the government to rehabilitate and improve the living conditions of People with Disabilities (PwDs). She said this in Abuja recently when she distributed aids and appliances to some individual beneficiaries, some states' rehabilitation boards and take off equipment for PwDs who were trained by some NGOs.

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