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Rights group CISLAC Calls For Govt Action To Protect Women, Girls In Nigeria




By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna


A rights advocacy group under the auspices of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has issued a compelling call to the Nigerian government at all levels to urgently address the multifaceted challenges confronting women and girls across Nigeria.


In commemoration of the 2024 International Women’s Day, Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of CISLAC, highlighted the pressing issue of insecurity haunting women and girls.


According to him, violence, kidnappings, and banditry continue to threaten their safety, citing the recent kidnapping of over 100 females in Borno State.


Rafsanjani emphasised on the critical need for comprehensive gender policies at all tiers of government. He underscored the National Assembly’s pivotal role in expediting the passage of essential Gender Bills to safeguard the rights and well-being of women and girls nationwide.


Commenting on the alarming escalation of domestic violence, rape cases, and incidents of sexual harassment within tertiary institutions, Rafsanjani called on the National Human Rights Commission and other stakeholders to take decisive action. He urged them to protect survivors and ensure swift justice for perpetrators.


The advocacy group extends call to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging his prompt assent to the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institutions Bill. This legislation is crucial in combating the pervasive culture of harassment and abuse in academic settings, fostering a safer environment for learning and development.

As CISLAC amplifies its voice in championing gender equality and justice, it remained committed to driving tangible change. The organization is dedicated to fostering a society where the rights and dignity of women and girls are upheld and protected without compromise.

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