By Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina
Nigerian women deserve more recognition of their tremendous contributions to national development and should enjoy eradication of the existing gender barrier and societal exploitation of their vulnerability.
Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adebisi Sarah Sosan and Hajia Rabi Sodangi, Acting Director General and Chief Executive Officer, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, iIn their separate messages on the occasion of the International Women Day, insisted that while women remain the backbone of the society, their reward are always significantly disproportionate to their inputs.
Sosan, an educationist and advocate of “Education For All”, equally canvassed for peaceful resolution of domestic dispute, warning couples to always shun violence as a means of expressing displeasure.
‘Women, you make the world happy,” she said. “You are the daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and, more importantly, the nation builder. Congratulations on another opportunity to celebrate ourselves, though we deserve to be celebrated every day. As we press for progress in accessing equal opportunities in all situations and endeavour, we should focus on the goals to be achieved as same gender. Support ourselves and continue to make nations grow for the common good of mankind. No Woman, No Nation. We Press for Progress.
Sodangi, who doubles as the President of Al-Manar Women Association, a Kaduna-based NGO, said in support of the dreams and aspirations of the Nigerian women, especially in the Northern part of the country, her group has been operating three free skills acquisition centers, with the fourth ready to open later this month.
According to her, “on this special day, the international women’s day, I want to tell the women, especially the impoverished women to believe in themselves, stay positive, work hard and seek support from the Almighty God to be self reliant. Do not stop when you are tired, stop when you are done.
“As part of our little contributions to the realisation of their dreams and aspirations, our group, Almanar Women Association has been passionately supporting the cause of women in different ways.
“Over a decade now, we have been advancing out support and advocacy for Girl Child education, especially the Orphans and Vulnerable. We do this by enrolling them into schools, give them uniforms, books and fees for a period, during which we empower their caregivers with skills and take off grants to continue supporting their children.
“Also, we have three skills Acquisition centres and we are preparing to open the 4th one this March in sha Allah, located in a remote part of Kaduna state. Here, we will continue teaching them various skills such as computer, sewing, Knitting, hair dressing, tie & dye, cosmetics, jewelries, detergents, perfumes, Cookery, fish and vegetables farming etc. This is in addition to our Counselling services on health, marriage, child upbringing, peaceful coexistence, confidence building and other moral issues.’’