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CITAD condemns Gender-Specific Comments Against Sadiya Farouk, Beta Edu And Halima Shehu



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By: Abubakar Abdulkadir


Center For Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has condemned what it called ”the disturbing gender-specific comments and stereotypes regarding an alledge scandal involving two Former ministers of Humanitarian Affairs Ministry and suspended National Coordinator, social investment program agency Halima Shehu.

The Centre said, it has observed that the corruption allegation against the three women sparked off discussions attacking their personality on various social media platforms such as Facebook and X.

It said, the discussions regarding them took a very disturbing direction with comments that are stereotypical, harassing, insulting and offensive to the personality of these women in question

CITAD’s Gender Technical officer Zainab Aminu in a press statement, stressed that, corruption is not gender-specific and calls for a collective, unbiased approach in fighting corruption.

”At CITAD, we have documented and analyzed conversations and discussions on the three women and found that most of the comments were not issue-based, rather they were directing gender-based attacks on the women simply because of their gender.

” While we are not condemning commentary on the corruption scandal involving the trio, we are however urging that the discussions should not warrant attacks on their gender. Some of the gender-based harmful comments we extracted are presented below:
“What a man can steal, a woman can thief Beta”
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The statement further said, the organization advocates for a respectful and fair discourse, urging a focus on facts rather than harmful stereotypes.

”Noting the disparity in gender-specific comments compared to past scandals involving male counterparts, CITAD is emphasizing the importance of treating individuals equally within the public discussion space. We would wish to remind the public that the fight against corruption needs a collective approach free from gender biases.”

”CITAD hereby calls for a nuanced and balanced discussion, free from harmful stereotypes, and urges stakeholders to exercise caution in making statements that perpetuate such stereotypes, while emphasizing the importance of promoting an issue-based commentary””.

It could be recalled that on 8th January, 2024, Betta Edu and Sadiya Umar Farouk were invited by the EFCC over an alleged fraud, while earlier in the month, Halima Shehu was also detained and interrogated

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