Osun commissioner seeks gender equality

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OSOGBO – The Osun State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Mofolake Adegboyega,   on Saturday  called for gender equality in  political representation in the country.

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Adegboyega made the call at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs to mark the 2014 International Women`s Day in Osogbo.

The theme of the symposium is ‘’ Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of Millenium Development Goals( MDGs) for Women and Girls.’’

The commissioner said  to achieve the  MDGs, adequate recognition and representation must be given to women in the nation’s political setting .

She commended   the state government for giving women opportunity in politics , saying that more needed to be done.

Adegboyega  also  decried the alarming rate of rape cases in the country and  called for stiffer penalties for rapists.

The commissioner  urged  parents to be alive to their responsibilities  by providing adequate care for the  girl child.

In her remarks, the state  women leader, Mrs Kudirat Fakokunde, urged men to always give adequate support  to  their wives  who are interested in politics.

Fakokunde, who argued that  politics should not be left  to  men alone , said  women should be encouraged to contribute to the sustenance of democracy in the country.

Mrs Funmilayo Abdullahi, a women leader for physically challenged persons, said women living with  disabilities should  be given the opportunity to contribute to the political development of  the country.

She said if given necessary support, the physically challenged would contribute meaningfully to the society. (NAN)


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