Gender Equality: Stakeholders Harp on Addressing Women Issues as Society

A cross section of stakeholders on Wednesday harped on the need to address women issue as not only human issues but societal issues.

Mrs Biola Alabi, Chief Executive Officer, Biola Alabi Media, made the call at the ongoing Future of Health Conference in Abuja.

The theme of the two-day Future of Health Conference by Nigeria Health Watch is: “ Breaking Glass Ceilings: Gender Equality for Sustainable Development”.

Alabi said that it was time for the society to begin to address issues of maternal mortality as well as other challenges of women as society problem.

“We have a responsibility to look at women issues as society issues.

“Issues of maternal mortality, ovarian cancer, breast cancer and others should be seen as society issues,” she said.

The Media Chief Executive urged the society to jettison stereotypes and discriminations against women in order to empower women.

She affirmed the imperatives of involving women in conversations around them aimed at making impact especially in the media industry.

Alabi said that women should be trained to narrate their own stories with salient points using the media platform to help correct the narratives against women.

According to her, women mentorship is also key in bringing women to the front burner thereby ending gender inequality.

Mrs Chris Ubosi, Founder/Managing Director, Megalectrics, said that competence and confidence were critical elements required to break the barrier of stereotypes against women.

Ubosi said that women with better training and competence would always be given opportunities over their male counterparts in work places.

He advocated total support for women to compete favourably with men thereby ending gender inequality.

Ubosi, who reiterated the need for involvement of women in their conversations, called for gender friendly policies in work places.

Dr Amina Bolani, Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, saluted the position of Kaduna State in promoting gender equality.

Bolani said that six out of the 14 commissioners were women, making the state one with special interest in ending gender inequality.

She called for deliberate policies to prioritize girl child education in order to bring women to where they could compete favourably with men.

Bolani condemned the stereotype of tokenism which she said was inimical to the development and empowerment of women.

“The HeforShe movement by Nigeria Health Watch will go a long way in breaking the tokenism against women.

“We need to have male advocates to end the discrimination and perception that women should not be at certain place.”

Mr Kola Aina, General Partner, Ventures Platform, emphasised the imperatives of supporting female founded companies.

AIna expressed the determination of his organisation to continue to break ceilings by supporting females in founding and funding companies.

Prof. Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice-Chairman, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), said that he had no recognition for discriminations between women and men.

Irukera explained that there was no law or rule that prescribed cooking as a female responsibility.

He, therefore, called for collaboration between the male and female counterparts to take the female to enviable and competitive positions. (NAN)