Sanwo-Olu empowers women to speak out on national issues

By Bimbola Oyesola

The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr (Ms) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has tasked women to raise their voices on national issues, noting that a woman’s greatest asset is her voice.

Speaking at the annual seminar organized by the Women’s Commission of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Lagos on ‘Promoting women’s social, political and economic rights: the trade union approach’, she said that while women used their voice constructively, he would make waves and bring about positive change and growth in society.

She encouraged women to use their voice to build nations, birth greatness and engage the system to claim their rights.

“Let us use our voice to insist that there must be deliberate policies and programs to improve opportunities for women and girls.

“We must use our voice to offer solutions to the mirage of challenges facing our nation, including insecurity, economic challenges, among others,” she said.

She instructed women to come together to propose solutions to the insecurity that is ravaging the country, rather than leaving it to men alone.

She said that the Lagos State government under the leadership of Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has placed more value on women and this is reflected in the appointment to councils and all strata of government. State.

Trades Union Congress President Festus Osifo said the theme of the seminar was very fitting and presented another opportunity to interrogate gender inequality in Nigeria.

“The objective of the ILO is to promote equal opportunities for women and men to obtain decent work. It means productive work that is fairly remunerated and done in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. This is why the ILO regards gender equality as an essential element in its efforts to achieve its four strategic objectives.

Osifo said: “While many national governments have signaled their tacit acceptance of these rights by signing progressive international human rights treaties, very few have fulfilled them in any meaningful way. The effects of non-compliance are even more severe on women.

He noted that women and children remain vulnerable and are the most disenfranchised as there needs to be constant advocacy on the subject and indeed more women are needed in participation in politics, leadership and governance in order to to help change the downward trajectory of the implementation of basic human rights by nations.

“We need to understand that more representation means a greater level of participation in the affairs of the country. In this way, issues that are of particular importance to women’s rights will be promoted, he said.

He said it is a known fact that women’s economic empowerment is critical to achieving women’s rights and income equality in addition to other positive development outcomes and that the benefits of women’s empowerment are huge and clear.

The TUC President added that increasing the level of education of women and girls contributes to their economic empowerment and more inclusive economic growth, stressing that the collective interest and the reduction of gender gaps in the world work are essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“When more women work, economies grow because there would be an increase in productivity and economic diversification.

“To ensure and guarantee socio-economic rights, we must strive to support and promote gender inclusion,” he argued.

In her remarks, the National Chairperson of the Trades Union Congress, Women’s Commission, Hafsat Shaibu, said that it is clear that women make up a good percentage of the labor force and it then becomes relevant that they need quality and affordable education, stable electricity supply, accessible and affordable health care, etc. to be able to reach their full potential and bring their skills to the workforce and thus help raise a healthy family which will in turn boost their professional life and also their retirement period.

She asked women to stop acting weak and to be considered respectfully ready to take on higher positions of responsibility, as they must stop waiting for men to take the juiciest positions and throwing the scraps at them.

She lamented that currently Nigerian women face daunting social, political and economic challenges and that for democratic governments to live up to the masses, women must be truly represented and must be equal partners in the process. of democratic development.

She said: “As women, we need access to more and better jobs, a business environment that helps us start and do business, and a good working environment. “

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