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Zero discrimination day: Tallen rallies Nigerians against terrorism, attacks on schools

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The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has called on all Nigerians to rise in unison to condemn all forms of terrorist attack on the Nation.

The Minister made the call during a press briefing to herald the commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day and Zero Tolerance on discrimination Day celebration on Monday, March 1st,
2021, in Abuja.

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Tallen said that, 1st of March is designated by the United
Nations General Assembly as, “Zero Discrimination Day”.

This year’s Zero Discrimination Day celebration is coming at the heels of the abduction of school children, first in Kagara, Niger State and then followed, in quick succession with the abduction of students from the Government Girls’
Secondary School Jangebe, Talata Mafara, Zamfara State.

” The frequency of these terrorist attacks on our schools, most especially
girls’ schools, is unacceptable and should be condemned by all well
meaning citizens.

” It must be condemned, especially, when we recalled that we lost seven of our Air force officers who were on a surveillance mission to track the location of the
abducted students of Government Secondary School Kagara, Niger.

” The lost in both human and economic resources, to our Nation due to terrorist attacks are collosal and unquantifiable.

” Parents lost their children, children lost their parents and wives lost their
beloved ones and husbands.

“I call on all hands to be on deck; security forces, and citizens our citizens alike must do their utmost best to put a halt to this nightmare,” she said.

The Minister said that the abduction of schoolchildren, especially girls, has
put spanners into the gains otherwise recorded in the areas of mobilizing girls to go to school adding that some parents have threatened to withdraw their wards from boarding school for lack of security.

The Minister called on government and local vigilante groups to provide security to all schools.

On the International Women’s Day, the Minister said that Nigeria is a member State of the United Nations, and will join other countries of the world to celebrate
the IWD come 8th March.

The celebration will enable us to take stock of how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

With the growing demands of western feminist groups and women working
in UN Agencies, women’s issues have taken the front burner on the global
development agenda.

This year’s theme beams a searchlight on the tremendous efforts made by
women and girls around the world in shaping of a more equal future and
recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme is aligned with the priority theme of the 65th Session of the
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The theme calls for women’s
Right to decision-making in all areas of life. Equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against
women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs, she
said.

She said that her Ministry will in the next few days roll out activities to mark this day.

She thanked all CSOs for working hard to place women and children concerns
at the front burner of national and international discuss.

Earlier the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Ambassador Anthonia
Ekpa thanked journalists for attending the Press briefing.

She called on reporters to be fair to women and children in their reportage.

She noted that women and children issues will be treated with despatch.

Ms Comfort Lamtey stood in and presented a good will message on behalf of the UN Country Representatives in Nigeria.

Many leaders of women CSOs, including, Senator Khairat Gwadabe attended the Press briefing.

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