President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerian women as they celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Ola Awoniyi, Mr Lawan described the theme of this year’s celebration, “Choose to Challenge”, as apt in reminding the society of the pivotal roles women play in the family and the nation.

“Women play indispensable roles in private and public lives and deserve full support and respect of society for those roles.

“Our women also deserve support and encouragement to participate without discrimination or inhibitions in governance and public affairs in general.

“Our public policies should, therefore, deliberately seek to get the best from them for the peace and progress of our country,” Lawan said.

Ahmad Lawan reiterated that the National Assembly would continue to uphold the rights of Nigerian women.

International Women’s Day is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Every year, the day is observed on March 8 with the purpose to support a platform that helps forge positive change for women.