Bolanle Ambode Tells Women
Wife of Lagos State governor , Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, on Thursday advised women to take bold steps, towards breaking barriers that limit their vision and attainment of desired goals. Ambode made the call in Ikeja, at a programme organised by the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s Day.
Mrs. Ambode noted that unless women became more courageous and emphatic in their demand for gender development and parity, the same old factors would continue to hold them down, preventing their total emancipation. ” Though we have had exemplary women among us who have achieved a lot in all sectors of our national life, we still need to urge one another to come out of our shells, take a bold step and refuse to be limited in our vision to achieve our heart’s desires. It is only by taking a bold step forward that we can make a change we all have been craving for”.She said further charge women to take advantage of the empowerment opportunities and various support options which the state government had instituted for them, adding that the current administration remained committed to gender balance and women development.
Also speaking, the deputy governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule, noted that gender balance and fair treatment of women in the state, was a deliberate policy, executed in all areas including education, justice, recruitment, empowerment, appointments and others. According to her, “I am happy to inform you that in Lagos State, we have been focused and proactive through deliberate policies and sustained efforts to ensure fairness, equality and the full rights of women and the girl-child”. “In the civil service, all persons irrespective of gender are treated equally in the areas of recruitment, promotion and career progression. It may interest you to know, that the last four successive Heads of Service have been women, just as we had women as successive chief justices in the last eight years in the judiciary”.
Earlier in her welcome address, the commissioner, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande, disclosed that March 8th every year was set aside to create awareness and celebrate women all over the world, who had fought tirelessly for the upliftment of women for equal opportunities, fight against discrimination, rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence, among many other vices. She noted that the administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had created and promoted an enabling environment for all inclusive government, with no room for discrimination of any guise whatsoever.
Akande disclosed that women had enjoyed government’s attention through such interventions as of 17 Skill Acquisition Centres, Employment Trust Funds given as loans, to mention a few. She urged mothers to train their children right and see this year’s theme as a clarion call for every woman to pledge to take collective, bold and progressive steps towards achieving change and assisting women and the girl-child to achieve their dreams in all spheres of human endeavour.
Delivering her goodwill message, the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, H.E Pirjo Suomela Chowdhury, disclosed that gender issue should be discussed everyday as women remained the backbone of any successful society.
She urged women not to be silent but to speak up against all forms of violence against them, saying violence against one is violence against all. women were drawn from the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs including market women,which took turns to parade.