TUC urges women to challenge myths militating against gender equality
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has challenged women to rise against cultural practices and traditions militating against the attainment of gender equality in the country.
President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, who stated this during the commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Abuja, paid glowing tributes to the women commission of TUC for standing firm and contributing their quota to the development of the trade centre.
He submitted that the IWD has become a symbol for the celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
According to him, the day is reserved to pay homage to all women by recognising their achievements without regards to divisions, nationality, ethnicity, linguistic, cultural, religious, economic, or political beliefs.
Olaleye further stressed that the day also served as a day to reflect on progress made, to call for a change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of communities.
“May I use this occasion to encourage you (women) to challenge the general myth in the society that women-related issues are not a big deal. Many people believe that the gender gap does not really exist in society and efforts by individuals are not enough and cannot bring any change to the gender gap. On the contrary, gender equality is not a ‘women’s issue’ but affects both women and men, as it is rooted in the relationship between the two. Both women and men have to change their ways of working, attitudes and social norms, to ensure both are equal, empowered and dignified,” he said.
To him, the IWD is about making society realise that each individual has to work in a different way with a view to changing the society towards a better future and ensuring that women’s rights are not trampled upon.
The TUC President submitted that the importance of women in society is beyond any suspicion, even the progress of the nation depends on the way mothers bring up their children, saying, “if the mothers are educated, then the whole society will progress.”
Olaleye insisted that TUC was very conversant with women issues on the front burner, which ranged from child marriage, rape in marriages, sexual harassment, abduction of girls, and the like.
He said if the current efforts are sustained, there is hope that before long, so much positive changes would be recorded on women’s emancipation and gender equality.
He lauded the contributions of the Commission to the development of the trade centre, adding: “Their invaluable contributions have provided a solid foundation for the next generation. I want to use this medium to acknowledge the outstanding performance of members of this great commission who are part of the National Administrative Council. They have displayed great zeal in the discharge of their respective assignments.”
On her part, the Chairperson of TUC Women Commission, Mrs. Hafsat Shaibu urged women to get acquainted with Internet devices and applications in order to remain relevant in modern knowledge for the benefit of their career.
She also called on women to stand up and challenge all inequalities perpetrated against them.
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