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Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2018

CITAD engages women first internet governance forum

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By Eileen Ihemadu

The Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in support with Association for Progressive Communication organised first women governing forum.
A two days special women-IGF programme.
It said the two days programme was aimed at discussing women inclusion in various areas of ICT.
“The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. It brings together all stakeholders in the Internet governance debate, whether they represent governments, the private sector or civil society, including the technical and academic community, on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process”, the organization said.
The Chairman Nigeria IGF, Mrs Mary Uduma, said CITAD in collaboration with Association for Progressive Communication decided to hold “Women Internet Governance Forum” the first of its kind globally in order to educate women and young girls on the need to partake actively in ICT and Internet related programmes as a way of engaging themselves positively.
He added that women want greater efforts to ensure that our diverse perspectives are brought to the forefront in each stakeholder group. A rights based approach to Internet governance is the only safeguard for women to fully enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
“Access to the Internet is extremely important for women to be able to gain information which may not be available to them otherwise. This will also facilitate them to achieve full realisation of their rights, especially in case of those from the marginalised communities.
When speaking of access, there is a noticeable inverse proportionality in the movement against the digital divide. Often, especially in countries with pronounced gender discrimination, as the overall percentage of men with access grows, the percentage of women without access or with limited access remains steady, thereby increasing the gender gap”.
Activities asks FCT High Court to halt demotion of Police Officers By Christiana Ekpa
A group of human right activists yesterday asked the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja to halt an exercise by the Police Service Commission to demote some police officers who enjoyed special promotion recently for gallantry and superlative performance.
The activists said the nation’s extant laws prohibit punishment being applied for an offence which was not in existence as at the time of its commission, just as no policy or law can be applied in retrospect In the suit for enforcement of fundamental right filed by ‘’the incorporated Trustees of the Initiative Against Human Rights Abuse and Torture’’ on Tuesday, the plaintiff named Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission as first and second respondent respectively.
The plaintiff said it is into protection of citizens of Nigeria against abuse of human rights, and its office is situate in FCT Abuja within the jurisdiction of the court under which it filed this suit.
The activists however asked the court to make an order directing the Respondents to cease action on the demotion of any of the officers, as any action so taken will amount to a breach of Section 42 and 36 (8) of the 1999 Constitution (.as amended).
It equally asked the court to make ‘’an order enforcing the fundamental right of the applicant to freedom from discrimination and fair hearing and right not to be punished for an act which at the time it was committed was a matter of practice’’.
Besides, the activists requested the court to ‘’declare that the Practice of Special Promotions within the Nigerian Police Force, which led to the promotion of police officers from 2015 date, is proper and legitimate and any attempt to demote any of the officers so promoted in line with the recent press release of the 1st and 2nd respondents dated 14th September, 2018, would amount to breach of the affected officers’ rights to freedom from discrimination and right not to be punished for an act which was not an offence in practice at the time it was done as provided in sections 42 and 36 (8) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The activists noted that the practice of special promotion is an age-long one, and that it would amount to injustice to single out those recently promoted under the scheme while leaving out those that enjoyed it before 2015.
In the 9-paragraph affidavit attached to their motion, deposed to by Chukwuma Unamka, the field coordinator of the applicants’ organization, avers that he has the consent and authority of the applicant and that of their counsel to depose to the affidavit.
Unamka said he was contacted by the affected police officers promoted between 2015 to date, during which they expressed their fears to him of impending demotion exercise.

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