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IWD: CHRICED Celebrates Achievements, Calls For Improved Participation of Women in Governance

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) congratulates the energetic, dependable and ever resourceful women of Nigeria and the world. For us, this special day is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the massive contributions women have made to the advancement and stability of all societies. In the same vein, CHRICED commends great women achievers, who successfully struggled and triumphed over the limitations placed on their path by entrenched injustices, marginalization and alienation. 

It is instructive that in several fields of human endeavours, women have worked assiduously to reach great heights despite the many obstacles they faced. In science, technology, economy, politics, culture, and other fields too numerous to mention, women have continued to demonstrate their knack for excellence and their commitment to progress. The most recent example in the Nigerian context is the rise of former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala who now sits atop the World Trade Organization (WTO) as its Director-General. In January, there was the equally heartwarming story of Kamala Harris, who made history by becoming the first women to be sworn in as Vice President of the United States of America.

We make reference to these touching stories of achievements because they represent a few sparks, pointing to the achievements that Nigeria and by extension the world would record, if political, governance and economic spaces are freed up for women to participate. According to data from the UN, women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 percent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.

CHRICED strongly believes that the women of Nigeria, Africa and the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence. We believe all stakeholders in government and outside government should work harder to ensure for women, a future that is sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all. Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is fitting that the theme for this year’s celebration is; Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. CHRICED again congratulates women on their achievements so far, just as we urge them not to relent in the struggle for a just, fair, prosperous and inclusive world. 


Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi

Executive Director

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