By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State Government has intensified its effort at eliminating all social vices against women, warning that it will no longer tolerate any form of discrimination against women in the state.
The government made its position known at a two-day meeting hosted by Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, in Asaba and supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
The meeting was anchored on emerging issues on women, peace and security and the need for them to be incorporated in the National Action Plan.
The meeting tagged “South South Zonal Consultation on the Review of National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution, UNSCR 1325″, was declared open by Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Omatsola Williams.
The meeting, which had in attendance participants from South-South states of Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Delta States, deliberated on women, peace, and security issues affecting the zone.
Declaring the meeting open, Mrs Omatsola Williams said the National Action Plan was informed by the United Nations Resolution 1325 which was to protect Women from all forms of violence, promoting their issues, improving their participation in different spheres of the society and ending impunity whenever the rights of women were violated through legal prosecution.
Williams noted that the implementation of the plan would be led by the ministry of Women Affairs thorough a multi-stakeholder steering committee comprising of members from other peace building institutions.
She added that in the light of accountability, the span of implementation period would be evaluated to ascertain the impact which could inform re-strategizing and communicating the success of the plan to the public.