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Digital Rights Series: Nigeria Needs Deliberate Policy To Skill-up Girl Child

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By Josephine Akaerr

UK-based parliamentary aide and development actor, Abimbola Junaid, has said that Nigeria needs deliberate policy to skill-up the girl-child in a digital era.

Junaid made this known at the second edition of Digital Rights webinar series hosted by ITREALMS in collaboration with DigitalSENSE Africa, Domain Name System ([DNS] Women – Nigeria) and NaijaAgroNet, on the theme: ‘Women and Rights in Digital Era.’

She noted that despite the gains made so far with digital era and women having more voices, there are some lamentable aspects that should be addressed promptly.

Junaid cited an instance with the often having women celebrities facing threats of exposing their nude photos on the Internet at this digital age in the name of blackmail, wondering if opposite sex ever post their nude pictures too.

“So I’m a woman. I then use the technology and now digitalized, but I didn’t have my freedom to do what I want to do because someone would post on the internet,” she decried.

Junaid maintained that the law of every land must tend to protect every citizen and human beings within her domain.

She urged Nigerians to be alive to their fundamental responsibility by tasking the government and law makers to come out with requisite laws and policies to boost the girl-child ingenuity, accomplishment, prowess, art, intelligence, expertise, among others.

“Every law and every policy made actually cost you so much money to get there. The number of advocacy, the number of lobbying, etc,” she said.

Those laws, Junaid pointed out, cost money, stressing that if a law has been passed and it is not working for the population, “that’s is taxpayer’s money down the drain.”

She emphasised that if anyone, especially women were limited by laws of the land and cultures, and beliefs about who one was as a woman, first from the home, then its limiting for a woman to engage on the path.

“But what the law can do is to leverage it. If the law enables the woman, every other person would obey the law and follow the law,” she declared.

In addition, she said, the rights of women really laid with the law, stressing that as a civil society actor, her advocacy would continuously be that “we must hold the law accountable for the rights of the women and must show that we are training everybody, not just the men, because we need to change the mindset of the men and everything else.”

She maintained that Nigeria inevitably required deliberate policy to skill-up girl child with CSO movement by following through such policies from commencement to implementation.

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