Today is International Women’s Day, a day globally noted for celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is also a day to call for actions that will accelerate gender parity.
This year’s event with the theme ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 world’ reflects the novelty of the times we are in and is a pointer to the need to continue to further the cause of women in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and our new normal. This formed the centrality of Sen. Oluremi Shade Tinubu in her goodwill speech to all women worldwide.
She noted: ‘I am delighted to celebrate with Nigerian women and our counterparts all over the world on the commemoration of International Women’s Day, 2021.’
‘The global UN theme for this year’s celebration, “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” reflects the novelty of the times we are in, and is a pointer to the need continue to further the cause of women in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and our new normal. The pandemic has brought to the fore, the urgent need for more women in leadership and management; and the importance of socio-economic empowerment of women across board.’
‘Unfortunately for us in Nigeria, in addition to the effects of COVID-19, we have other issues including but not limited to insurgency and banditry to contend with. The effect on our younger generations, particularly the girls, some of whom are still being held by their abductors is unimaginable. If we let this scourge continue to ravage our Nation, who would be left for us to bequeath anything at all?’
‘There is work to do towards ensuring that we have a viable Nation where young girls and women can wake up, secure, happy and proud to be Nigerian.’
She then charged women in Nigeria to provide veritable support for one another, ‘As a Nigerian woman, what are you doing in your business to support and empower women? What role are you playing to challenge gender biases and discrimination in your Community? Are you still conforming to gender stereotypes? What are you doing to ensure that girls and women around you have a voice and can use it effectively?’
‘Beyond the rhetoric, I challenge men and women alike to support women and their causes, condemn in absolute terms all forms of gender based violence and crimes against women, and create around you, an environment that ensures that women can flourish and thrive. As women, we must also continue to show strength and courage, challenging assumptions and raising the bar in our homes, businesses, our chosen careers, management and public office.’
‘I look forward to a world that is safe for our daughters, sisters and mothers; and assure you of my continued commitment to the advancement of rights and causes of womenfolk. I support another woman’