Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
has faced criticism after listing only one woman in the renaming of railway
On Monday, Mr Buhari named 23 train stations after “deserving Nigerians” seen to have contributed to the progress and development of their communities and the country.
Among those named were former Nigerian leaders, serving ministers and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
But Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a feminist and activist who was also mother of late Afrobeat
music legend Fela Kuti, was the only woman honoured.
Some on social media have likened this announcement to the president's previous appointments - like in 2019 when only seven
women, out of the 43, were appointed as ministers.
They have suggested that women who deserved to be honoured include Stella Adadevoh, the
medical doctor who died preventing Ebola from spreading in Nigeria, and Dora Akunyili, who spearheaded the crusade against fake drugs before her death in 2014.
Former lawmaker Shehu Sani has asked the president to
name a station in Kaduna after the female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, who died two weeks ago in an accident.
Nigerian governors have declared a state of emergency over rape and violence against women and children in the country.
This follows a spike in cases of gender-based violence during the recent lockdown imposed in some states to limit the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement, the 36 governors strongly condemned all forms of
violence against women and children, and said they were “committed to ensuring
that offenders face the maximum weight of the law”.
The chairman of the governors’ forum, Kayode Fayemi, said they have asked Nigeria’s police to provide
a detailed report on action taken to strengthen their response to sexual
and gender-based violence.
They also committed to create a sex offenders register in each state and increase funding to tackle the problem.
Protests have been held across the country and
on social media over the last two weeks to call for justice for rape victims.
The number of successful prosecutions of rape suspects remains low and stigma often prevents victims from reporting incidents.
The results of a survey published by NOIPolls in July 2019 suggested that up to one in every three girls living in Nigeria could have experienced at least one form of sexual assault by the time they reach 25.
In Nigeria's main cities of Lagos and Abuja, rights campaigners have been out on the streets to express anger following several recent cases of sexual violence against young women - including gang rapes.
Here were the scenes outside the police headquarters in the capital city, Abuja:
Seven African oil and gas
companies have adopted a global campaign to ensure women are treated equally
with men in the energy industry by 2030.
The "Equal by 30
Campaign" urges companies and governments to advance gender equality,
especially issues like equal pay, opportunities for women to advance to
leadership positions and to play a role in green energy, by 2030.
The campaign is a joint
initiative, spearheaded by the Canadian government and the International
Energy Agency, which views participation by women in the industry as crucial.
It wants to end discrimination,
so that women are engaged in at least half of the jobs in the industry,
compared to the current level of 20%.
Although the situation is slightly better in the green energy businesses, where women
are doing one in three jobs.
The African Energy Chamber,
which is pressing companies across the continent, says employment of women
should not be put forward because of political sensitivities, but because they
bring value and different skills to the industry.
The global campaign now has 144 signatories, including 118 organisations and 13
governments, but so far no African governments.
Energy companies in Africa now supporting the campaign
include Apex Industries in Egypt, Kenya's Tsavo Oil Field Services, South
Africa-based DWMA Resources, plus the investment platform Africa Oil and Power.
President Talon said he had met the ORTB heads and Ms Kpeidja and ordered investigations into the allegations.
"I am already convinced that the action taken by Ms Angela Kpeidja will be the trigger for a new dawn to ensure that victims of sexual abuse are better protected in our country," he said in a Facebook post.
The ORTB management said it "has not received any complaints of moral or sexual harassment or rape of female staff".
The two women have received support from their peers on social media.