NAWOJ Marks International Women’s Day 2024 with Urgent Call to End FGM

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Good news for the girls on 'Female Genital Mutilation'

The Female Journalist Network and NAWOJ FCT Chapter has called on the Federal government to end Female Genital Mutilation, FGM,  at an event organised to mark 2024 Intenational Women’s Day in Abuja.

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Speaking at the 2024 International Women’s Day event in Abuja, themed ‘Together ensure inclusivity, loud her voice,’ Senator Ireti Kingibe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, reaffirmed her committee’s dedication to eradicating Female Genital Mutilation, FGM in Nigeria

She urged journalists and the federal government to join the fight against this brutal violation of women’s and girls’ rights, describing it as an extreme and horrific crime.

,Kingibe emphasized the importance of protecting women and girls from cruelty and ensuring their right to life.

She highlighted the tragic consequences of female genital mutilation, FGM, emphasizing that everyone has a role in preventing and ending this unjustifiable practice.

As the Chair of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Kingibe expressed her commitment to improving the status of women and girls in Nigeria and eliminating discrimination against them. The committee has launched NCLUDEHer Nigeria, a groundbreaking initiative focused on gender mainstreaming and mobilizing partnerships for gender equity and women’s empowerment nationwide.

Kingibe stressed the need for proactive measures to achieve socio-political and economic equity for women in Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and practical actions.

Comrade Grace Ike, Vice Chair of NUJ FCT correspondent Chapel, called for lobbying efforts to pass gender-sensitive laws protecting women’s rights across all sectors of Nigerian society.

She applauded the resilience of female journalists and women breaking barriers in male-dominated spaces, urging unity and collective action to amplify women’s voices and address their shared aspirations and challenges.

NAWOJ is at the forefront of campaigning for women inclusion in decision making and governance.

The primary aim of forming the association was to stimulate the spirit of professionalism among women journalists by creating an avenue in which female journalists can constantly be sensitised on the ethics and goals of the profession.

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