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By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja-Nigeria

Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Nigeria has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 International Day of Families as the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen assures Nigerian Women of better days ahead.

The honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made this known to journalists in Abuja today Saturday 15, 2021 via a press statement.

Retrospectively, the UN General Assembly in 1993 declared May 15 every year as the International Day of Families. This declaration emphasizes the importance of families as a nucleus of any society. The Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to the well-being of families.

The theme for this year’s commemoration which is “Families and new Technologies.” The theme speaks to our current realities where the virtual space has become the new normal for engagements, because of the lockdown measures put in place to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It would be recalled that lockdowns imposed by Government to flatten the curve forced families to stay at home, forced Schools to close indefinitely, and business premises to shut down.

The use of ICT became the only alternative to keep in touch with family and friends. This forced every sphere of life into the virtual space, disrupting physical activities.

According to the statement, the minister stated as follows, “at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, we remember today, families who have been torn apart due to loss of livelihoods, those who have lost their loved ones and could only pay their last respects through the virtual space without physical contact.

“We cannot forget those who in a bid to secure the release of family members from the hands of their captors, sold off everything, due to the increasing activities of bandits and kidnappers and those who cannot afford a square meal a day.

“The family is, therefore, the mirror of the society. Without the family, there is no society and without Mothers, there is no family. This is why the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari supports the empowerment of women at all levels, including education. An educated woman has many choices and can navigate the virtual space made possible by new technologies at this trying time when the world is constantly innovating new ideas and renovating existing ones to meet the current challenges.

“As we continue to provide the necessary platform for women to thrive, we will also focus our attention on the rural woman in Nigeria, who tills the ground to provide food for her family and contributes to sustaining the Agricultural sector.

“I, therefore, call on Fathers and Mothers to join us in the growing fight against terrorism and mindless killings and abduction for ransom. Every bad egg out there causing mayhem is a product of a family. If we see something, let us say something to ensure that we win this fight, yes we can and the time is now”, she added.

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