Following the international women’s day being celebrated every 8th of March, Nigerian Association of Women Journalist, NAWOJ, South East zone has demanded for women’s right in the zone.
The Vice President of NAWOJ South East Zone, Lion Chibota Edozie who made this call in a press statement to mark this years international women’s day with a theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” called for a concerted effort to abolish inhuman practices against women in the zone.
Lion Edozie, bemoaned the traditional and cultural practices against widows’ right to inheritance and male child preference in the South East.
According to her statement, “Today is the International Women’s Day, as set aside by the United Nations. It’s also to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, which was a major watershed on women’s rights.
“With this year’s theme focusing on “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights, the South East Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) joins all women around the world in demanding for more respect for the rights of women in the South East.
“We particularly decry the archaic traditional and cultural practices against widows, Right to inheritance and male child preference in the South East.
“This inhuman and degrading treatment ,no doubt, is not in consonance with the Beijing Declaration. Concerted efforts have to be made to abolish this inhuman practices”, the statement reads.
She applaud the Federal Government for appointing another woman, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the Acting president of the Court of Appeal, to replace Justice Bulkachuwa who is also a woman.