OVER 30 international Kolping Society women delegates on Monday asked the UN to intervene and stop the stoning to death of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian woman sentenced to death under the Sharia law for bearing a child out of wedlock, reports Martin Kaahwa in Hoima.
The women delegates from South Africa, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda and Uganda, among others, who met at Kolping Hall in Hoima town, said if Lawal was killed, it would be a big blow to the women liberation struggle.
Grace Onwuka, the Nigeria Kolping Society womenâ€™s committee chairperson, said Amina was reported by her own father to the Sharia court for bearing a child out of wedlock. She said it was unfair to punish Amina without punishing the man she had the child with.
The Uganda Kolping Society president, Margaret Kasaija, said if Lawal is killed by stoning, it would not only be an abuse to women, but also to human rights.
Philomena Iwgoha of the Nigeria Kolping Society, said Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo feared to take a clear stand over Aminaâ€™s death penalty for fear of losing the Muslim political support. Ends