International Women’s Day 2016: Galaxy4Peace Calls for Gender Equality in Leadership, Education and Take A Stand Against Rape
Joining international community to commemorate World Women’s Day 2016, Galaxy 4 Peace has called for gender equality, especially in the areas of efforts to promote women’s full and effective leadership participation at all levels of decision-making, education and women empowerment. As part of the organization efforts to fulfill an important hinge of her pledge for parity action, Galaxy 4 Peace took a solid step to help achieve gender parity by calling for combined effort on gender parity.
Speaking at the girls hangout powered by the organization, to mark 2016 International Women’s Day event in Lagos, on March 8, 2016, Precious Ajunwa, Co-Founder of Galaxy 4 Peace (G4P) stated, “Women have the right to be equal everywhere, but sad how gender equality is hindering most women from reaching their potential. In all sectors, women continue to suffer from gender inequality, which indisputably hinders advancement. The challenge of advancing girls and women into leadership roles varies considerable across industries, however, to reach that level girls’ education is a vital tool for both development and empowerment for women. Globally, it’s been recorded that 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age are out of school, with sub-Saharan Africa suffering the lowest proportion of countries s with gender parity in education.
To achieve equal pay for equal work, we need to overcome this gender parity in education and step it up for girls education because education empowers girls by helping them achieve other basic human rights”
Ms Ajunwa further pledged to continually help women and girls achieve their ambition because mentoring young girls can help accelerate women’s leadership in all spheres she ended.
To further observe IWD, the organization joined Civil Society Organizations, other different sectors and took a stand against gender based violence, during the 2016 Walk Against Rape.
Organized by the Rubies Ink initiative, in partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, the walk held on 10th of March, 2016 kicked off at ArchBishop Vinning Memorial Church, Ground GRA, brought together several concerned Nigerians from different sectors of the society to create awareness and encourage victims to speak up, and take a stand against gender based violence.
On its sixth edition, the walk in support of the ongoing fight against rape in Nigeria aimed at creating awareness and lending voice to sexually abused persons with primary focus on women and children in the society.
Calling on joint effort in curbing this menace in the society, Galaxy 4 peace further implored stakeholders to increase efforts in curbing rapes in conflict zones noting that increased efforts towards a peaceful state decreases the suffering women and girls encounter in the face of violence.
Sharing her views on pledge for parity in peacebuilding, Ms Precious Ajunwa noted that “more women must begin to play significant and major part in peace talks and post-conflict reconstruction and as such ought to be empowered to be less of victims and onlookers and instead to take steps against gender violence’’ she concluded.
Alongside our co-founder; Precious Ajunwa, celebrities at the 2016 Walk Against Rape included Niniola, Susan Peters, Wunmi Obe, Pryse, Dayo Amusa, Tayo Odueke, and Koker,
In other events marking the Women’s Day, Galaxy 4 Peace participated in the launch of the Road to Women’s Business Growth Project, hosted in Lagos by Pan-Atlantic University, the Cherie Blair Foundation and as well at the Special Champagne Screening of Fifty which was hosted by Mo Abudu at Genesis Deluxe Cinema, The Palms, Lekki, Lagos.
Annually celebrated on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day set aside to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women, while striving to improve the livelihoods of women all around the world. This year, the Women’s Day global theme is ‘Pledge for Parity,’ a clarion call for equality in all spheres, and for gender-balanced leadership all over the world.
On International Women’s Day 2016, Galaxy 4 Peace restates its commitment to empowering girls by continuing to advocate for girl-child education, while making peace a practical reality in communities through our Teach Peace Early campaign in schools and communities in Nigeria.
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