A non-governmental organisation, NGO, operating under the aegis of CUSO International Nigeria has called on women in Nigeria to intensify the fight against all forms of injustice against women, especially in terms of opportunity distribution.
Team Leader for YouLead project in Nigeria sponsors of CUSO’s projects, Jerry Nwigwe dropped the charge in an address that he read at the International Women’s Day Celebration 2018 which took place in Calabar.
Nwigwe told women that the time had come when all women around the world and Nigeria in particular should fight for themselves so as to take their destinies in their hands.
He urged the federal government to initiate policies and programmes that would address the gender gap index existing between women and their male counterparts in political and economic spheres in the country.
The Canadian NGO stated that progress towards gender equality in Nigeria had been slow, stressing that Nigeria ranked 106 out of a total of 136 countries for gender gap index which according to the NGO measured gender equality in terms of economic participation.
Other areas used to measure gender equality include educational attainment, health and survival, political empowerment.
He called on government at all levels to come up with strategies that would help to mainstream gender equality in opportunity distribution by government of the day.
The Team leaders maintained that it was on the basis of trying to strike a balance that Youlead came up with a gender equality strategy that would guide the organisation in designing and implementing the Youlead project.
He said, “Empowering women and girls is not just a goal in itself, but a key element for long term sustainable development, economic growth, resilient societies, and social advancement for all”.
In his goodwill message, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natali Kanem who was represented at the event by Kenneth Ehzou, noted that the economic inequality plaguing the world today was reinforced by many other forms of inequality, including inequality in sexual and reproductive health care.
Friday Nwagbara, Calabar