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How government should empower Nigerian women

By Victor Gbonegun
23 July 2016   |   3:38 am
Speaking at opening of a two-day Conference tagged: “The Exceptional Women’s Conference and Masterclass 2016” Global leadership held at the Muson Centre, Lagos.
PHOTO: blogs.nature.com

PHOTO: blogs.nature.com

A member of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mrs. Eniola Sheri Dada has urged the three tiers of government to look beyond the usual beads making as a form of empowerment for Nigerian women, rather, attention should be focused on financial literacy which could come after they have been taught a skill or trade which will enable them earn some income and have a sustainable means of livelihood.

Speaking at opening of a two-day Conference tagged: “The Exceptional Women’s Conference and Masterclass 2016” Global leadership held at the Muson Centre, Lagos, Dada informed that to stamp out the prevailing scourge of extreme poverty particularly among women, government must work with experts who would design feasible frameworks.

Presenting a paper titled: “ Womanhood and the Nigerian Policy Environment”, she said economic empowerment is the key to alleviate poverty among Nigeria women, hence government should show more commitment across cultural and political sphere in tackling the scourge.

Sheri Dada bemoaned the reality that despite the existence of protocol of the Africa Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa which stipulates the need for equality and freedom from discrimination, adoption of a Gender Policy, establishment of science, women are still confronted by a lot of challenges.

In another presentation: ”The gender agenda: key issues and solutions to women’s political participation”, a former Presidential candidate in the 2015 Nigerian election, Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya, advocated for more involvement of Nigerian women in politics for fair representation, more effective allocation of resources, better human development outcomes and a happier, healthier society.

She charged women to abolish nocturnal meetings, oppose all undemocratic practices such as godfatherism and deliberately work to reduce the influence of money.