Justice Nyesom-Wike charges women lawyers to protect less privileged women and children

Linda Nwogu,-Port Harcourt——————

Wife of  the  Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike has called on women lawyers to partner  with  other women professional groups   to protect less privileged  women and children  in the country.Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, Wife of Rivers state governor

Speaking  as a Special Guest of Honour at the Special Session of the International Federation of Women Lawyers  (FIDA ) during the ongoing 56th NBA National Conference in Port Harcourt ,  Justice Nyesom-Wike said such partnership  will afford women groups the needed capacity  to advance  women rights.

The Wife of the Rivers State Governor who described the theme of the session: “Enforcing Laws Protecting Women and Children: Issues and Challenges “, as apt also called for the creation of awareness on existing gender protection laws, so that more women can take advantage of them.

She said: “I urge FIDA to do more for the less privileged women of Nigeria. I suggest that FIDA should work with other women professional groups to ensure that women rights are protected.

She regretted that the responses to the violation of women by institutions have been disheartening, especially when victims courageously report cases.

She also urged men to join the struggle for gender equality in the country.

In her remarks, Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra called for more robust implementation of gender laws for the protection of women.

The Head of Service of Rivers State, Barrister Rufus Godwins in a paper presentation advocated for stiffer penalties for sexual offenders.

Nana Oyelithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Republic of Ghana, said that it is necessary for the rights of women to be respected in the society.

She said that Ghana has taken several strategic measures to advance the protection  of  the  rights of women and children.

Country Vice President /National President of FIDA, Mrs Inime Aguma assured that FIDA will always stand for the rights of women irrespective of the challenges.

The session was attended  by  women lawyers  from across  the  country.

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