By Chinenye Udeagbala
LAGOS – The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, has expressed concern over the rising cases of rape against women in the country.
FIDA President, Mrs. Stella Ugboma, who expressed the group’s concern at the 34th International Convention of FIDA in Lagos, noted that despite the strides being made by women in all spheres of human endeavour, poverty remained the lots of women in Nigeria.
She said: “Rape has taken a new profile; women are gang-raped and the images are shamelessly displayed on You Tube.”
“In Afghanistan, most women have no rights and no voice. In Nigeria, widows have no voice and no rights. FIDA must fight for their rights and be their voice.”
She said FIDA would ensure that discrimination against women in Nigeria stopped, stressing that the fact that women were making meaningful contributions to the development of the society was enough to accord them their dues in the country.
“There are still more and more problems related to maternal welfare. The issue of violence against women is on the rise. Even educated women face this disgraceful behaviour,” she added.
She wondered why women were not appointed into the Boards of companies, despite their qualification and experience.