The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), on , identified gender gaps across various sectors of economy, political power and decision making in Osun and Gombe states.
The Director-General of the centre, Dr Asabe Vilita-Bashir, said this at the presentation of the report and unveiling of an inspirational book “Growing Right” as part of activities to mark the 2022 International Day of the Girl-child in Abuja.
Vilita-Bashir, represented by Mr Emmanuel Onilearo, the centre’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, said the report would push for interventions to bridge the gender gaps and protect women’ rights.
She added that “a wide gender gap exists in political power and decision making processes in Osun and Gombe states.
Women hold less than 15 per cent of elective positions in national parliament, State Assembly, state executive positions and appointive offices.”
The NCWD boss, therefore, recommended that the state government’s policies should be reviewed to incorporate gender issues.
Vilita-Bashir also called for more advocacies on the effects of harmful traditional practices, encourage the adoption of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses for girls.