Lagos State, Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule has urged women across the society to get involved in governance and politics.
Adebule said this at a symposium organised by Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, an NGO, held on Thursday in Lagos, with the theme, “Human Rights – Our Privileges’’.
She called on women to take advantage of different policies of government aimed at stopping women trafficking and child abuse.
Adebule, represented by Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Director-General, Quality Assurance Department, Lagos Ministry of Education, urged women’s to take advantage of the current level of women emancipation initiative both globally and locally.
“Women should get involve in governance and politics also seek political positions and take advantage of different policies of government aim at stopping women trafficking and child abuse,’’ she said.
She expressed her delights that the symposium was organised to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day.
She said this would create awareness of the International and National policies already instituted to create an unbiased, informed and progressive society for women and children.
The deputy governor also expressed her appreciation to the sponsors and organisers of the event for their noble initiative aimed at creating awareness to address the prevalence of abuse against women and children.
“Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, an NGO is using this platform to complement the efforts of government to educate, enlighten and empower women and children in various communities about their rights and privileges,’’ she said.
Adebule said that the present administration have achieved another milestone with the commissioning of two Sexual Offences Courts for the sole purpose of quick disposition of sexual offences such as rape, defilement and other sexual related offences.
She said that the development was to complement the operations of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) set up to protect women and children from domestic violence and abuse.
Also, Cpl. Edgal Imohimi, Lagos State Commissioner of Police who spoke on the security of lives, properties and protection of human right, advised people on security consciousness.
He urged people to alert the security agencies around their communities whenever they suspected any security threat around their neighbourhood.
Imohimi said that security and welfare of people shall be the basic service of the government.
Mrs Lola Are-Adegbite, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District IV, in her speech said that human rights were moral principles or norms that described certain standards of human behaviours.
She said there were regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law and on the ground activities.
“Human rights refers to the basic rights and freedom to which all humans are entitled simply because they are human beings, regardless of their nationality, race, ethnicity, gender or religion,’’ she said.
Are-Adegbite said that the teaching of Civic Education and Social Studies with special emphasis of Right Duties and Obligations had helped in a long way to ease the understanding of today’s children as well as their own obligations to them in turn.
Earlier, Dr Ama Onyerinma, the founder, Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, said that the programme was basically organised for public enlightenment to know their right and how to protect their rights.
Onyerinma said that the questions and answers discussion on human right, girls child trafficking and women molestation would exposed the students and adult present at the programme on how to know their right and to protect it.
“Human right is not just a fundamental right but a right that if it is violated, It creates injustice, imbalance and all other social ills you can think of.
” We need to recognise human right irrespective of the age, gender, age and religious. Everyone is entitle to human right, ” she said.
Written by Idris Olukoya