By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja
The African First Ladies Peace Mission, AFLPM, on Monday, said the COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to efforts at improving women’s rights and leadership in the continent.
The organisation stated that while various governments implemented measures to curb the pandemic, there was a spike in the reported cases of domestic violence and conflict-related violence against women and girls.
So, the African First Ladies called on political leaders across the continent to prioritise the empowerment of women and girls to ensure their participation in all decision-making levels.
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on the African First Ladies Peace Mission, Dr Mairo Al-Makura made the submissions in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD).
She said, “Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and girls in Africa and across the globe.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper