As Nigeria endorsed the HeForShe campaign yesterday, Acting President Yemi Oshibajo has said that the campaign has shown that the fight for equality is not for women and girls alone, but it is a fight for all men of just and fair mind who believe that men and women must have equal rights. Osinbajo said this at the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign in Abuja yesterday.
He said that the campaign is important for shaping the future; boys are now being challenged to stand shoulder to shoulder with girls in the struggle for gender equality. They are learning that equality to women is not a favour being done to women, but imperative to justice and fairness. ‘’It is a gift but an entitlement to women.’’ Meanwhile the UN Women Representative to Nigeria, Ms. Comfort Lamptey at the launch of the HeForShe Advocacy Platform said that Nigeria is the
5th country in the West African sub-region to do the official launch of the patform and that globally, over 1.1 million men are expected to join the movement. Lumptey said, ‘’ globally, over 1.1 million men have jopined in the HeForShe movement to date. The HeForShe journey begins online with a simple affirmation that gender equality is not only a women’s issue, but also a human rights issue that requires eveyone’s participation and commitment to achieve’’,
adding that it is a solidarity movement that aims to engage at least 1 billion men and boys on the topic of gender. She said that the movement which is a core grassroots activism also calls on women and girls to influence and stand beside men and boys as they join the movement using a creative systematic structure and sustainable change through its IMPACT 10X10X10 programme. The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development,
Senator Aisha Alhassan noted that the launch of the programme in the country would give men and boys the opportunity to to share the bold, innovative and transforming actions they are taking to bridge gender gaps and provide unique equalizing opportunities for women, girls and other vulnerable groups in the coutry. Nigeria is the fifth country in Africa to officially launch the HeForShe campaign platform after Cape Verde, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Senegal.