President Goodluck Jonathan, in a message to women on the occasion of the International Women's Day, said he will ensure that gender barriers are broken in the country.
This year's theme chosen by the United Nation is: "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence against Women".
In a press statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, Mr. Jonathan said he had already acted on his promise to break gender barriers citing women occupying key positions in his administration like the first female Chief Justice of the Federation, Mariam Mukhtar; and the female ministers in "very important ministries" such as Finance, Petroleum, Communications Technology, Education, Water Resources, Housing, Environment, Power, Defence and the Federal Capital Territory.
"The President assures Nigerian women that he is determined to take their empowerment a step forward by working to ensure that they also get better representation in elective offices in future" the statement read.
He also pledged the federal government's full support for "COMMIT"- the new United Nations initiative which calls on leaders worldwide to take a stand to end violence against women and girls.
As International Women's Day 2013 is marked, President Jonathan also reaffirmed his personal commitment to the accelerated reduction of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria and assures Nigerian women that the Federal Government will continue to work for its attainment through the Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, which he co-chairs.
The President wished Nigerian women a very happy International Women's Day.