The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, on Tuesday took assessment of the strides made towards the attainment of gender equality in the country, promising to protect women’s rights through legislative reforms.
In a statement in Asaba to mark International Women’s Day, Igbuya praised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for improving the status of women in the country.
“Delta State is a better place for women and girls. We have more women in the legislative arm and decision making bodies. We are committed to the full empowerment of women in the state” he said.
Igbuya acknowledged the barriers militating against gender equality in the country, urging women to be bold for change.
The speaker also highlighted the critical role of women in the development process, saying gender parity can be achieved through equal access to education, security from all forms of violence and discrimination, transformation of societal attitudes and harmful practices against women and the girl-child and ensuring that women have access to the tools of opportunity”.
Besides, he identified full role in the communities’ decision making-processes, access to economic resources and focusing on women’s health and legal properties as solutions for bridging the gap between men and women.
He called on policy makers in the country to develop projects that directly target women and girls and take a much stronger stand against sexual exploitation and the trafficking of women and girls.
The presiding officer of the Delta State House of Assembly also urged the private sector and families to invest in girls’ education.
“On this occasion of International Women’s Day, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to the women of Delta State” the statement said.
The International Women’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality.