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NLC Calls On FG To Protect Women’s Rights




The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to implement the International Labour Organization convention 190, which calls for the realization and protection of women’s rights, “increased productivity, and dignity at work”.

The NLC made this call in commemoration of the 2023 International Women’s Day which was marked across the world on Wednesday, March 8.

Naija News recalls that the theme for the 2023 International Women’s Day is “innovation and technological change; education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”

In a statement released by the NLC’s general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, the union reaffirmed its backing and commitment to persistently “push for the formulation and implementation of laws and programs that promote gender equality in workplaces, unions, and governance”.

According to the NLC, the recognition and defense of women’s rights would enhance output and respect at work.

“We, therefore, call on the Nigerian Government, employers, and trade unions to adopt strategies for the implementation of the ratified ILO Convention 190 for the realization and protection of women’s rights increased productivity, and dignity at work”, the NLC said.

“We once more reiterate the call on government and all stakeholders to adopt the gender-responsive approach to governance, service delivery, education, development, and civic engagement aimed at addressing all forms of gender inequality towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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“In the same vein, we advocate for the proper implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 which prohibits all forms of violence against persons in both private and public life, and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims as well as punishment for offenders.”