The Minister of Women Affair and Social development, Pauline Tallen, has accused all Nigerian entertainers of promoting the abuse of women’s bodies.
According to her, they frustrate the government’s efforts at curbing the violation of women by promoting vulgar lyrics and using female dancers in a most disdainful manner.
Tallen said this while delivering her speech at the launch of the State of the World Population 2021’ report in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking on the theme, ‘My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,’ the minister said the Federal Government was working hard to tackle fear and stigma of survivors of violence, weak community and facility referral systems, lack of counselling services for women and girls and the communities as well as seek justice for victims.
She, however, argued that entertainers were frustrating the government’s plans.
Tallen added, “It is almost disheartening to note that while we are confronting these obstacles to increase advocacy, the entertainment industry which has a large followership of young minds, continues to indirectly support the abuse of the female body as a sex object through vulgar lyrics and employment of female dancers in compromising customs.
“This is indeed unacceptable. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to producers and writers to support us so that together we can ensure that Nigerian society is able to guarantee an environment where girls and women are able to make choices about their bodies without the fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.”
The minister promised that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the state and non-state actors in the eradication of violence and abuse of women.
Tallen said the ministry would continue to work with relevant partners to build on all ongoing measure aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.
“This is why we are calling on all the remaining 12 states to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003 and the 18 states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to immediately do so,” Tallen said.
Earlier in her remarks, the the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Muella, said only 46 per cent of married women in Nigeria are able to make decisions freely on their sexual and reproductive health.
She added, “In Nigeria, among married women between the ages of 15 to 49, 46 per cent are able to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
Coming after students protested the increment in their fees, the Kaduna State University (KASU) has suspended academic activities for its undergraduate students indefinitely.
Recall that undergraduate students had protested a hike in school fees from between N24,0000 and N36,000 to between N100,000 and N400,000.
The students, who began the protest since the increment was announced in April, demanded a reversal of the new school fees.
KASU Registrar, Samuel Manshop, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Kaduna.
Mr Manshop, who did not give reasons for the suspension, however, said academic activities would continue for postgraduate programmes, college of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and part-time programmes.
“The management of KASU wishes to notify staff, students and the...
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Nigerians to stop using Virtual Private Network (VPNs) to access Twitter.
According to the ruling party, many private investments have been lost as a result of using VPN.
APC gave the warning in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the National Secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.
The party alerted Nigerians “of the many risks involved in accessing contents, especially social media using the Virtual Private Network (VPN) which is vulnerable to the heinous activities of criminal hackers who can steal data and money in bank accounts”.
The party also warned legitimate private and public entities operating in the country to avoid the many dangers of exposing...
Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, has joined popular music stars, Wizkid and Burna Boy to bag the 2021 BET awards nominations.
Kemi Filani News recalls that Wizkid and Burna Boy were nominated in the "Best International act" category.
Tems was nominated alongside other fierce international music stars in the "Viewers' Choice: Best New International act" actegory.
The organisers of the award took to popular micro blogging platform, twitter to make the announcement. They wrote;
"“We are thrilled to announce this year’s Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act Nominees; arloparks (UK),BramsitoB7 (France),breerunway (UK),Elaine (SA),mcdricka13 (Brazil),ronisia_mds (France) and temsbaby (Nigeria)."