Gender equality has become a matter for international concern and an ongoing human rights violation which the world is committed to ending. Equality is the ideal situation where women and men have equal opportunities for the achievement of their full human rights and potential; are capable of contributing equally to and reap equally from, national political, economic, social and cultural growth. In addition, it includes systematically recognizing and removing the root causes of discrimination in order to provide equal opportunities to men and women. Equality is also considered to include formal and substantive equality not just simple equality between men and women.

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As the world celebrates Social Justice (Social Justice Equality Day) what is Nigeria doing to attain social justice?  CCIDESOR therefore joins the mass of crusaders of social justice in Nigeria and around the world to call on all tiers and organs of government in Nigeria particularly the executive to lift any form of embargo on employment in Nigeria. Embargo on formal employment is a tool of social injustice.  We call on the President and the 36 States Governors as well as the Minister of FCT to recognize social justice day by removing any embargo or other forms of encumbrances to employment in Nigeria immediately. This will help Nigeria to start the real journey towards elimination of poverty, deprivation and other forms of inequalities.

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As an organization that promotes Women Rights, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights – CCIDESOR uses today’s celebration of International Women’s day to express our support for total emancipation of Nigeria women – the mothers of the nation, the mothers of democracy and the pillar of hope of a better nation and world.

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As the world which Nigeria is part of observes International day of zero tolerance of female genital mutilation, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights.(CCIDESOR) joins citizens and organizations who believed that FGM is a violation of the rights of girls and women, to commiserate with millions of Nigeria women who are victims of FGM and call on government at federal and state levels to save the remaining women from being victims by either passing  law  against it or implementing the existing law that prohibits FGM.

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