The Minister of Women Affair and Social development, Pauline Tallen, has blamed all Nigerian entertainers for advancing the abuse of ladies’ bodies.
As per her, they frustate the public authority’s endeavors at controling the infringement of ladies by promoting vulgar lyrics and utilizing female dancers in a most derisive way.
Tallen said this while conveying her speech at the launch of the State of the World Population 2021′ report in Abuja on Tuesday.
Talking on the subject, ‘My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,’ the Minister said the Federal Government was working hard to tackle fear and stigma of survivors of violence, weak community and facility referral systems, lack of counselling services for women and girls and the communities as well as seek justice for victims.
She, nonetheless, contended that entertainers were disrupting the public authority’s goals.
It is almost disheartening to note that while we are confronting these obstacles to increase advocacy, the entertainment industry which has a large followership of young minds, continues to indirectly support the abuse of the female body as a sex object through vulgar lyrics and employment of female dancers in compromising customs.
This is indeed unacceptable. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to producers and writers to support us so that together we can ensure that Nigerian society is able to guarantee an environment where girls and women are able to make choices about their bodies without the fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.
The Minister guaranteed that the public authority would keep on giving an empowering climate to the state and non-state entertainers in the annihilation of savagery and maltreatment of ladies.
Tallen said the service would keep on working with important accomplices to expand on all continuous method pointed toward killing all types of savagery against ladies and young ladies.
This is why we are calling on all the remaining 12 states to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003 and the 18 states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to immediately do so,” Tallen said.
Prior in her comments, the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Muella, said just 46% of wedded ladies in Nigeria can settle on choices freely on their sexual and reproductive health.
In Nigeria, among married women between the ages of 15 to 49, 46 per cent are able to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”