9 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
As the world celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Mairo Maryam Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (MMAWT) Legacy Initiative has called for action that will mitigate mental illness and other issues affecting women and girls.
Founder of the Initiative, Hajya Mairo Maryam Tambuwal made the call at a forum to mark the International women’s day in Abuja.
She urged government at all levels to address insecurity leading to increasing cases of depression and trauma among women, girls and other victims of these vices.
According to her, showing care to someone who is emotionally and psychologically down would go a long way to help them recover.
Hajiya. Tambuwal who decried the harsh realities the global pandemic and insecurity meted out on women and girls in communities, especially in the north called for an end to women marginalization.
Speaking on the United Nation’s theme for 2021 which is: ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Post-Covid World’ said all hands must be on deck to create a better environment for women and girls to develop their potential.
She said as part of her campaign to mark the International Women’s day, the NGO had launched series of advocacies to appeal for support to women, girls and children.
According to her: “While the rest of the world is slowly recovering from the devastation of the pandemic, we in the North are grappling with a lot of vices, ranging from incessant kidnapping of school children, with girls often being the target to communities loosing their source of livelihoods because they do not have access to their farms.
“The International Women’s Day presents another opportunity to us as a people to take actions that will finally put an end to the pains and suffering women and girls go through” she said
She called on Government at all levels to prioritise the welfare of women and children.
“The pain of a woman is the tears and agony of a nation, all our efforts at development must continue to have the welfare of women and girls at the center.
We must never allow ethnic or religious sentiments distract us”