COWLSO 2021: If we’re there we won’t be shortchanged, says Orelope to Nigerian women

..says strong woman builds fellow woman rather than tearing her down

Women across Nigeria have been charged to awake and be actively involved in political activities in order to have a say in the decisions and policies making that would help improve the issues relating to them, children and the development of the country.

Doing this would put a stop to subjugation and relegation of women in every sphere of life, and the interest of the female folks would be protected.

This charge was made by stakeholders at the ongoing 21st National Women’s Conference, organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, holding at the Convention Center in Eko hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

R-L: The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr(Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu discussing with the representative of Ondo State First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Mrs Temitope Daniyan.

Speaking on “Women in Politics: The Power of Joining Forces to Enable Transformation”, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable development goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulere, asserted that if female gender was well-represented at the decisions making table, her interest would be protected.

Encouraging women on the importance of joining forces to enable transformation by actively participating in politics, the former Lagos State deputy governor said “If we’re there we won’t be shortchanged, but if we are not there, we will be shortchanged. It’s sweet to be in politics and stay there”.

Emphasising the need for women to join forces together to achieve their goals, she said: “You can always tell who the strong women are, they’re the ones building one another up rather than tearing them down”.

She, however, emphasised the need for any woman interested in politics to be fully ready to combine it with her home and balance the two.

Ondo delegates with the First Lady of Lagos and the deputy governor’s wife.

Sharing her experiences of how she maintained political work-life balance and home, Princess Orelope enjoined women in politics not to develop ego to ruin their families and friends relationship due to their political positions.

She identified humility as the key for women in politics to balance work-life with home, affirming that women have the ability to combine the two if they’re ready and have self-confidence.

Highlighting the enormous roles of women in the society, the SSA to the President said: ” There is now a shift in the way women are viewed by the society. Throughout history, women ensured stability, progress and long term development of nations. Today, we women have proven ourselves in different fields of life from technology to sports, we are doing it all”.

For women to overcome some of the challenges attached to female gender in the society like gender stereotypes, eroded self-confidence, gender based violence, denial of education and inheritance to the girl-child; she advocated upholding of the reproductive rights of women, passing of gender equality legislation, quick and effective dispensation of justice for perpetrators of crimes and violence against women.

Others are; comprehensive modules for trainings on women leadership and empowerment, encouraging and supporting work-life balance, and upholding the inheritance and economic rights of women.

The participants were also lectured on “A resourceful woman’s exploits: confronting complexities and creating opportunities”, where they were charged to be self-aware and take deliberate steps to discover who they are, as such would enable them understand their passions, capabilities and weaknesses.

Activities for the day two of the conference ended with a gala night which featured entertainment and raffle draw that afforded many women opportunity to win gifts ranging from electronics, car, three bedrooms apartment in Victoria Island and fully-sponsored vacation trip to London, by the Lagos State Government.

By Mary Agidi
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
(Office of the Ondo State First Lady)
Oct. 28th, 2021

Photo Credit: Kemi Ramak

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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