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Experts chart path for women empowerment, participation in national devt

By Gloria Nwafor
10 November 2020   |   3:56 am
Stakeholders in the extractive industry have highlighted the need for women in the sector to be economically empowered to take more active roles in national development.

Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action, Bekeme Masade

Stakeholders in the extractive industry have highlighted the need for women in the sector to be economically empowered to take more active roles in national development.

The move, they said, was pertinent to reverse the norms that have hampered women’s progress.

Speaking ahead of the 9th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) conference holding in Lagos, Convener and Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action, Bekeme Masade, said that women mineral extraction host communities face enormous challenges.

She said the situation is worse now with Covid-19 pandemic when women have to stay at home and consigned to lower incomes. This is said to breed domestic violence and other human rights abuses.

President of Women in Mining (WIMIN), Janet Adeyemi, maintained that there was a need to ensure that women have their rightful place in the society. She frowned at the government’s lip services to gender inclusion.

According to Adeyemi, gender inclusion begins by taking statistics of the number of women in various organisations. She added that there is also the need for the capacity to bring women up to speed.

The conference, holding virtually from 17 to 18 November 2020, would include the 2nd Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards.