By Kennedy Dimaku:
As the call for women empowerment, involvement and equal representation in both elective and appointive positions in the governance of the country garners momentum, a non-governmental organization, Nigerian Network of Women Exporters of Services (NNWES) has revealed that it is determined to champion the course of the women to enable them take their rightly place in the governance of the country.
This course became necessary considering the number of women who are involved in both appointive and elective positions in administrative, economic, and political milieu of the nation.
Recently, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during a sensitization workshop with theme, “Nigerian Women, Together We Can Change Our Nation”, which was organized in celebration of UN 70th birthday, NNWES posited that there are a lot of women who have the potentials to provide quality leadership that would take Nigeria to the desired promised land but are yet to be discovered.
Expressing determination that it would, among other goals, pursue gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, the National Coordinator, Bar. Nkiru Joy Okpala described NNWES as an alliance of business and professional women in the service industries who are poised at ensuring proficiency in service delivery and export for national growth and sustainable development. She added that they were concerned with the establishment of conducive business environment for the Nigerian business women and entrepreneurs, as well as building women capacities for proper engagement in economic activities.
According to her, “Our organization constantly supports government, agencies and corporations who seek a trusted partner with solid track records in providing assured service excellence. We are in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC), and also a member of the Women’s Major Group, as well as the Business & Industry Major Groups of the UN and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).” She noted.
In a remark, the Chief Executive Officer, Youth Reformation and Awareness Centre (YRAC), Mrs. Margaret Udo called on women to stand tall in their respective professions considering that the potentials of knowledge in the modern age cannot be overemphasized.
She called on the women to develop themselves as well as their career to enable them make remarkable contributions in the sustainable development goal.
Udoh who is also the FCT Coordinator, National Council for Child Rights Advocate of Nigeria (NACCRAN) also called on the women who are in leadership positions to live up to expectation as that would be the only avenue for a woman to emerge as the president of the country.
In a lecture titled, Women and Peace for Sustainable Development, Mr. Musa J. Yusuf pointed out that women are indispensible in achieving peace in the society. He said for sustainable development to be achieved there should be input from the women considering that they have God given role they play which brings solution to problems. “For development to take place, there must be peace, and for peace to take place, the women have a role to play,” said Yusuf.
She also called on the women who are in leadership positions to live up to expectation as that would be the only avenue for women to emerge as the president of the country.