CISLAC Urges Government Action to Protect Women and Girls in Nigeria


By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

In a resounding call to action, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the Nigerian government to address the multifaceted challenges faced by women and girls across the country.

Commemorating the 2024 International Women's Day, Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of CISLAC, highlighted the pressing issue of insecurity haunting women and girls.

Pointing to the ongoing threats of violence, kidnappings, and banditry, Comrade Rafsanjani underscored the urgent need for comprehensive gender policies at all levels of government. 

He specifically called on the National Assembly to expedite the passage of essential Gender Bills to ensure the safety and well-being of women and girls nationwide.

Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, Comrade Rafsanjani cited the recent kidnapping of over 100 females in Borno State, illustrating the severe threats to the safety of women and girls.

The Executive Director addressed the alarming rise in domestic violence, rape cases, and incidents of sexual harassment within tertiary institutions. 

He called on the National Human Rights Commission and other stakeholders to take decisive action, ensuring the protection of survivors and swift justice for perpetrators.

CISLAC's advocacy extended to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging his prompt assent to the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institutions Bill. 

Recognizing the bill's significance in combating the pervasive culture of harassment and abuse in academic settings, Rafsanjani emphasized the need to foster a safer environment for learning and development.

As CISLAC amplifies its voice in championing gender equality and justice, the organization remains dedicated to driving tangible change. CISLAC is committed to building a society where the rights and dignity of women and girls are upheld and protected without compromise.

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