Government at all levels have been advised to gear up efforts in improving the representation of women, particularly at higher levels, in every sphere of governance.
This was the admonition of Osun state chapter of Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day.
In a statement signed by the chairperson and secretary of the association, Mrs Motunrayo Ayegbayo and Mrs Florence Babasola respectively, NAWOJ noted with regret that despite being hardworking, women are still at greater risk of harassment, abuse and poverty in our society.
NAWOJ said the theme of this year’s celebration, “Balance for Better”, came at a time when women are greatly discriminated against, hence, the need for government to take drastic step in putting an end to the discrimination.
The statement reads in part, “Government must start celebrating the achievements of women working in different areas and those that are in politics. They should stop looking down on us after using us as stepping stones to achieve whatever they want in the society.
“There is a huge economic and social benefit to be harnessed if we address the inequalities in our society with women underrepresented in public life because women, by creation, are bridge builders and home stabilisers”.
NAWOJ also encouraged women to always place their priorities right in balancing their home front with work. They should never give way for inferiority complex, having it in mind that they can be role models, even for menfolk.
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