By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, entertainers are promoting abuse of women’s bodies via the use of uncouth lyrics and portraying female dancers in a most derisive way.
The minister said this while commenting on the theme “My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,” during the launch of the State of the World Population 2021 report in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Tallen, entertainers were undoing government’s efforts to tackle violence and abuse of women in the country.
In her words, “It is almost disheartening to note that while we are confronting these obstacles to increase advocacy, the entertainment industry which has a large followership of young minds, continues to indirectly support the abuse of the female body as a sex object through vulgar lyrics and employment of female dancers in compromising customs”.
“This is indeed unacceptable. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to producers and writers to support us so that together we can ensure that Nigerian society is able to guarantee an environment where girls and women are able to make choices about their bodies without the fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.”
While promising that the government would not relent in its efforts to provide an enabling environment for the state and non-state actors in the eradication of violence and abuse of women, Tallen also called on the states that are yet to pass the 2003 Child Rights Act and 2015 Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act which are aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.