Ms. Mukhtar Zainab, PPFN Marketing and Communications Officer, had this to say in a statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Abuja.
Zainab said that the PPFN will continue to strengthen the factors that ensure the protection and safety of women and girls both at home, at school and in the workplace.
“This day and every day we are honored as the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to recognize the passion and reinforce the continued commitment of the team dedicated to providing a safe space for women.
“At work, at home and everywhere in society, we believe that by providing access and the enabling environment for women and girls to thrive, we are ensuring better future prospects for our society,” she said.
The press officer said that this year’s campaign hashtag, #BreakTheBias, was a call to action to avoid stereotypes that hinder the advancement of women and girls in our society.
According to her, it is time to rescue women and girls from laws that discriminate and retrograde regulations that harm them.
He expressed the federation’s determination to remain prepared to break down prejudice.
“We are also particularly excited about this because the campaign theme aligns with our vision.
“Promotes a society where all individuals freely exercise (without prejudice) their right to choose quality health services.
“Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women and girls to access health services, especially reproductive health,” she said.
Zainab called for action to end all stereotypes and discrimination aimed at thwarting efforts to accelerate gender equality.
“Knowing that a bias exists is not enough; action is needed to level the playing field.
“At PPFN, we are committed to promoting gender equality in our workplace and in the work we do.
“We will continue to empower women and girls to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights to life-saving information and services.
“As an organization, we will continue to encourage women’s leadership by allocating at least 50% plus one seat to women in our board composition,” she said.
He expressed his optimism that such action would unlock women’s potential and increase their control over resources and access to opportunities.
“We will continue to lead and support the promotion of an enabling policy environment and ensuring the active participation of women in advocacy and community engagement,” she said.
She used the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022 to, on behalf of PPFN, call on all stakeholders to rededicate and reposition themselves to improve the quality of life for our women and girls.
“Let us strengthen and support the Nigerian government to achieve the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) Renewal Commitment.
“For our part, we will continue to support the women of Nigeria in their quest to realize their full potential.
“We are deeply committed to supporting any initiatives aimed at addressing the various challenges and barriers they face in their daily engagement and interaction with society,” he said.
He reiterated PPFN’s commitment to continue participating in initiatives aimed at the advancement of women; and promote the celebration of women’s achievements.
“PPFN calls on everyone to raise awareness against prejudice. Let’s act to break the bias of women today and every day.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the highlight of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 was the provision of cervical cancer screening and family planning (FP) services for women.
There was also the distribution of male and female condoms, as well as the provision of self-test kits for HIV and other diseases.