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Nigerian women seek increased representation in government

Women Affairs Minister, Aisha Alhassan on Tuesday call for increased representation of women in the affairs of nations worldwide.

The minister made the call while addressing newsmen at the inauguration of the gender equality and women empowerment campaign, tagged “HeForShe campaign’’, in Abuja.
According to Aisha, the campaign is designed to secure the commitment of one billion men across the globe.

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“Out of the signatories to the campaign in the country, we anticipate that half will take the initial step of making a simple pledge for gender equality.

“We also project that another quarter will pledge and be inspired to engage more fully, taking a second step to donate towards, advocate for, and sensitise themselves and other gender equality issues,’’ the minister said.

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The minister also said the campaign was not to seek equality with men from the religious aspect but to give women opportunity and bridge the gap with men.

Adding that the campaign would crystallised into a strategic shift that increasingly focus on actions bringing men and boys side by side with women and girls in order to break the barrier of women and girls from achieving their full potentials.

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