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Niger: The National Observatory for the Promotion of Gender (ONPG) Is Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office

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The Council of Ministers, meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, decided to “link the National Observatory for the Promotion of Gender (ONPG) to the Prime Minister’s Office, like other ECOWAS countries and in accordance with international commitments taken by Niger.”

This Observatory was hitherto attached to the Ministry for the Advancement of Women. Positive discrimination in favor of Nigerian women still leaves much to be desired. Indeed, the famous “quota law” of women in executive and legislative positions (in the government and the National Assembly in particular) is hardly respected. It should be noted that the 43-member government only counts Eight (8) female ministers or delegated ministers.

The National Observatory for the Promotion of Gender (ONPG) is “a transversal body to monitor, warn, raise awareness and monitor gender inequalities”. It was created by Decree No. 2015-524 / PRN / MP / PF / PE of 2 October 2015.

Soulé Manzo

Niger

Photo : Brigi Rafini,  Prime Minister of Niger