EKITI BAGS AWARD AS BEST PERFORMING STATE ON DOMESTICATION OF WOMEN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS
Ekiti State Government has been recognised as the best performing state on domestication of Women Rights Instruments by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
In a letter signed by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen commended the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi for his efforts in the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015. Ekiti State is the first in Nigeria to have a strengthened and consolidated GBV Law,harmonizing the VAPP Act with existing GBV legislation.
Dame Pauline lauded Dr Fayemi for his visionary leadership in creating an enabling environment for women and girls to access fair justice . “This is truly commendable as measures put in place such as the sex offenders’ register will serve as a deterrent mechanism” she said.
In a separate letter, the Honorable Minister also recognized the Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi In her personal capacity, for the tremendous supporting role she played in ensuring the state’s performance in women’s rights is unrivaled. The First Lady of Ekiti State is a globally renowned Gender Activist and she chairs the State’s Committee on Gender Based Violence Prohibition, amongst other women and child rights advocacy programmes she is actively involved in.
The award will be conferred on Dr. Fayemi at the annual meeting of National Council for Women where all gender machineries in the country will converge on the 30th October 2019 in Akure ,Ondo State . The event will also have in attendance all Honourable Commissioners for Women Affairs from the 36 states and the FCT . It could be recalled that Ekiti hosted the annual meeting of the National Council for Women during the first term of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in office.