High School General Assembly Third Committee A


Maria Laura Ferrufino Siles
Bolivia, Plurinational State of

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Official Position of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

General Assembly: Third Committee

Topic: Advancement of Women; Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Delegate: Maria Laura Ferrufino Siles.

There are nations in today's world where women are not yet considered equal to men; women who even when working in the same conditions as men, are not remunerated and the work effort they carry out is not recognized; women who do not have the right to study or access to medical care, and all of this just for the fact of being woman.  This is due mainly to cultural and religious factors, ignorance about rights that promote gender equality; lack of accessible infrastructure, enough monetary resources to finance the projects, reliable statistics and information; devaluation of work and female labor force and lack of women participation in public life. This is an issue of global concern, since the large percentage of the population that women represent and all the difficulties they face, pose a big risk to the development of society, actually, certain aspects such as their empowerment -for instance-are linked to the scope of other goals that are not explicitly related to women (for example, Millennium Development Goals #1, #4, #5, #6).  Some of the countries where this topic has been successfully worked the most are: Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, which have the lowest rates of gender discrimination worldwide.  On the other hand, it can also be mentioned the entry into force of the “Declaration of the Rights of Woman”; the “Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995”; the “Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)”; the resolutions “A/RES/70/1”, “A/RES/70/133 and the “70/132 GA Resolution”.  If it is spoken about workgroups, those of the African continent -for example- stand out collaborations such as the “African Girls` Education Initiative (AGEI)”, the “­­Wellbeing Foundation in Africa”, the “African Women Decade”, “Working to Advance Science and Technology Education for African Women(WAAW) ”, among others.

In Nigeria, the situation regarding the subject is alarming, since in this country, factors such as religion and tradition may limit the scope of policies.  Nevertheless, this nation is grappling with an incessant struggle to guarantee women rights in all areas, resulting in the inclusion of the right not to be subject of discrimination based on sex in its 1999 Constitution, the “National Gender Policy”, the “Country Programme Document (CPD)”, the “Protocol of Maputo”, the “Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)”, the ”Girls Education Project (GEP)”, the  “Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC)” and other projects that strive to achieve gender equality.  

Also, former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, pronounced his agreement regarding the subject in the 66th meeting of the General Assembly of 2011, stating that “the substantial support that Nigeria gives UN Women reflects our desire to harness the potential of women in the effort to consolidate the nation”.

It is necessary for the international community to show support for the female population to expand efforts to solve the problem; therefore, Nigeria see...