International Women’s Day: Women charged on determination to end gender inequality


From Esther Akaa, Lafia

The President and Founder, League of  Women Voters of Nigeria (Nilowv), Dame Esther Uduehi, has called on  women to remain determined, in order to achieve their desired goals of ending inequality in the society.

Uduehi made the call via Nilowv’s social media handles, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on Monday while commemorating the 2021  International Women’s day celebration  with the theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in  a COVID-I9 World.

According to her, women faced enormous challenges in the year 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-I9 pandemic but showed resilience and came through it with flying colours.

She noted that women have continued to make great progress during the trying period of COVID-19 pandemic  and must celebrate their achievements, especially as the world celebrates this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2021.

“A challenged world is an alert world and change comes from taking on those challenges head on.
As we celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, let’s aim at changing the inequality and gender bias in our society.

“I wish all members of the League of Women Voters of Nigeria (Nilowv) a happy Women’s International Day celebration. Happy International Women’s Day!,” she said.

In a related development, the National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ladi  Bala has appealed to women journalists not to relent in their efforts aimed at  building a strong and united Nigeria through the pen.

In a statement issued on Monday and signed by the president, she lauded the contributions of female journalists  through dedication, zeal, resilience, commitment and unequal contributions to the growth of journalism in Nigeria.

The statement noted the contributions of women and media  professionals in shaping conversations on developmental issues, especially as it affects women’s involvement and roles in nation building.

“Even when you don’t receive accolades often from the society, you remain committed to making sacrifices that cannot easily be quantified.

“Please, do know that your impact in the sands of time is immeasurable and you are phenomenal. On behalf of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of our great association, I commend and celebrate you. We are proud of you all. You surely deserve recognition and honour.

“I pray God to bless the work of your hands and with all it takes that  your labour in the struggle for the total emancipation of women and journalism profession will not go unnoticed,” the statement said.

She therefore, appealed to state chairpersons of NAWOJ to carry out at least one event to mark the day in their respective chapters across the nation.

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