The president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs Maria Fernanda Espinoza Garces has said that there is still the need to continue to make case for the full inclusion of women and girls in governance to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She stated this in Abuja during an interactive session with Nigerian women with the theme “The Role of Women and Girls in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals including peaceful societies”.
She said that there have been progress on women’s economic empowerment but just 42 per cent of countries afford women the same rights to land ownership, while 60 per cent give women equal access to financial services. She said the global gender pay gap is not due to close until 2086 with huge knock-on effects for women’s social protection and status.
She maintained that a lot still needs to be done since women still lag behind on virtually every SDGs target and the gap is even greater for older women, for women with disabilities, for women in rural areas, and for women from minority and indigenous communities.
Earlier in her opening address, the minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Haija Aisha Abubakar said for effective implementation of the SDGs, Nigeria was part of the 2017 Voluntary National Review of the High Level Political Forum on SDGs.
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