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Don calls for gender equity in human resources for sustainable development

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Lagos State University (LASU) don, Professor Tinuke Moradeke Fapohunda, a Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, has called for gender equity in managing human resources for sustainable development.

She made the call during the 73rd Inaugural Lecture of the institution titled, ‘What is Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander: Managing Human Resources for Sustainable Development’.

Fapohunda said the gender concerns have lingered as the precursor of international meetings and campaigns for the emancipation and total freedom of women the world over. She added that this has also drawn the attention of various researchers and business owners globally, in Africa and in Nigeria in particular. According to her, the worldwide observed practice of women suppression in areas of national growth and development, and its sustainability resulted in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights 1948 to affirm obligation to the aspiration of equal rights for men and women.

She noted that gender inequality is a subject of concern worldwide and is being moderately tackled in Nigeria, due to the country’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural standpoints. While citing examples of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; former Minister of Environment and Current Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Jane Muhammed and Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former Minister of Finance, who sits on the Boards of several global organizations, Fapohunda noted that the number of women in political and business leadership positions is on the increase, as obstacles relating to glass walls, glass ceilings and glass cliffs are being surmounted.

The don highlighted the failures of the country to harness fully the potentials of its female citizens and pointed out the fact that no nation can achieve visible development, let alone, come by sustainable development, by neglecting and locking up the minds of more than half of its population.


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