As the world celebrates the 2019 International Women’s Day, Her Royal Majesty, Regent Taiwo Oyebola Agbona, today, urged the federal government to ensure women rights are adequately protected and given equal rights in government.
Speaking at her palace where she hosted some women who paid her courtesy visit, Regent Taiwo made this plea. According to her, “After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a National holiday then the day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations”.
“Today, International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest, in some others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood”.
“With this, I would like to say women are phenomenal and should be given the right to hold public office, and there should be no tolerance to rape, no tolerance to sexual harassment or abuse, no tolerance to child sexual abuse and above all, there should be no tolerance to violence against women.” Also, government and non-governmental organisations should implement innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure”.
I am HRM Taiwo Oyebola Agbona, Regent of Aaye town in Ifedore Local Government, Ondo state. became a Regent on March 24, 2018, a Medical laboratory scientist, and a first girl-child in the family, I was able to achieve many feats because I was given the opportunity. I, therefore, urge President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the rights of women are protected and given equal opportunity in his administration.