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The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has reaffirmed its commitment to achieving gender equality in Nigeria.

Concise News understands that this affirmation was made three days after President Muhammadu Buhari nominated only seven women out of 43 nominees for ministerial slots.

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This has been condemned by Women in Politics and over 150 Nigerian women groups, representing different regions, ethnicities, social and political allegiances and organisations for youths and persons with disabilities.

But the federal government insists it would continue to implement women-oriented policies.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ifeoma Anagbogu, made this commitment at the Beijing +25 Inter-Generational Dialogue on Thursday in Abuja.

The BPFA (Beijing Declaration) was adopted in 1995 with commitments to taking strategic and bold actions in 12 critical areas of concern.

The 12 critical areas include poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision making. Others are institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and the girl child.

“It is also a necessary and fundamental prerequisite for equality, development and sustainable peace,” she said.

“The BPFA remains the most visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls; it set out on how to remove systematic barriers that hold women back from equality in both private and public spheres.”

She stated that there had been tremendous progress toward achieving gender equality and the realisation of the rights of women and girls.

Anagbogu said some of the achievements include institutional arrangements, the participation of women in public and political life.