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NEWS DIGEST – Gender-equality advocates have urged the National Assembly (NASS) to pass the Gender Equality Bill which is currently before them for deliberations.
The advocates made the call at the monthly Young Journalists’ Forum, in partnership with Embassy of Ecuador in Abuja.
The theme of the youth Dialogue was ‘Our Women our Pride’, where participants  discussed ways of making women less vulnerable.
The Founder, Initiative for Women Accelerated Development, Mrs Evelyn Onyilo, urged the National Assembly to pass the Gender Equality Bill into law to curb gender-based violence in the country.
Evelyn said: “Nigerian women need to be brought into the scheme of things in this nation. Let the interest of women be covered both in the Constitution and other forms of laws in the country.”
Lending weight to the call, the out-going Ambassador of Ecuador, Mr Leopoldo Verdesoto, also call for collective efforts towards warding off the increasing vulnerability of women for society’s optimal growth.
The out-going Ambassador said: “For the society to move forward women need to be less vulnerable as they contribute immensely to the growth of the society.” 
The former Vice President of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Lucy Effiong, who is also the president, women commission, regretted that the federal government was not doing enough in encouraging parents to send girls back through aggressive campaigns.
“As the rate of out-of-school girl-children is alarming, so it needs to be addressed,” she stressed.
In her contribution, Comrade Lilian Ene of ‘One Youth, One Voice’ called for re-echoing the Nigerian voice, saying Nigerian youths are 80 per cent of the populations they should be involved in the decision-making process of the country. 
The News Digest reports that one of the highlights of the event was an award presentation to the Ecuadorean Ambassador for supporting the Forum. The organiser of the seminar and coordinator, Young Journalists Forum, Comrade Chukwuma Nzeh commended the outgoing ambassador for making positive impact in Nigeria.
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