Besides, there is growing evidence that gender inequality and discrimination contribute to the increase in poverty. It does not only deny a large part of our citizens their rights to achieve their potentials, but it also denies the nation the benefits of the contribution of these people. The legislature, which represents the interest of every Nigerian, has a duty to defend anyone against discrimination. We are determined to make sure that there are no second class citizens in this country and we shall do everything possible to protect the rights of women,” Tambuwal said.
Project Director of the DGD II Project, Dr. Mourtada Deme, said the work of women has frequently underpinned the socioeconomic development of nation-states, despite the lack of public recognition of women’s efforts.
He said, “Given Nigeria’s struggle with nation-building, in which directions can it look for support in this process? While women have already made a significant contribution to nation-building in Nigeria, their potential for contribution in a number of areas, including as leaders, has yet to be fully realized.”
Dean Faculty of Social Science, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Prof. Olabisi Aina in her Keynote Address, said gender issues are different from women issues and that the National Assembly must help the cause of women to make them better in their different roles of being wives, mothers and builders among others.