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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Minister Of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, Accuses Nigerian Entertainers Of Promoting Abuse Of Women’s Bodies

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, has accused Nigerian entertainers of promoting the abuse of women's bodies by using vulgar lyrics in their songs as well as using female dancers who are almost naked in their music videos.


Tallen says such acts frustrate the Federal government's efforts to curb the violation of women in the country. The Minister said this today June 8 while delivering her speech at the launch of the State of the World Population 2021’ report in Abuja.

Speaking on the theme, ‘My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,’ the minister said

 “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.”

The minister seized the opportunity to call on states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act to do so.

“This is why we are calling on all the remaining 12 states to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003 and the 18 states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to immediately do so” Tallen said


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