Faith and Traditional Leaders Speaking Out for Gender Justice in Nigeria

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In November 2018, the Side by Side movement was officially launched in Nigeria. Following the launch, the national chapter have been advocating for gender justice, especially for the rights and representation of women and girls. The Co-Chairs of the Nigeria movement and other executives have strategically worked to reach out to key traditional and religious leaders, to ensure partnerships between faith communities are strengthened.

A national symposium, which held on 11th September 2019 in Abuja had in attendance traditional and faith leaders from across the country, including the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the President General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Hon Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development. Faith Based-Organizations, Civil Society Organizations and other prominent religious and traditional leaders from the six geopolitical zones of the country also participated in the symposium.

The symposium was a platform to amplify the voices of traditional and faith leaders and encourage gender justice in formal and informal power structures of governance in Nigeria. The theme: Participation of Women in Governance: Role of Faith and Traditional Leaders, was discussed from the academic, religious and traditional perspectives.

A combined press statement issued by Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji and Prof. Mustapha Isamil, co-chairs of the movement in Nigeria stressed that the approach of Side by Side is to stand firmly on fighting for gender equality. With the need to transform discriminatory and unequal power relationships, to enable a just world. This approach is essential for achieving inclusive and sustainable development locally and globally. The symposium not only identified the valuable role of faith and traditional leaders in mainstreaming gender justice in governance. It was also a platform to synchronise their activities to advocate and address all manifestations of gender inequality in a coordinated and comprehensive way for gender justice in Nigeria.

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