By David Agabi
Twenty five years after the United Nations fourth World Conference on Women, otherwise known as Beijing Conference or Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; women, rights activists, groups and development partners gathered in Abuja to celebrate and evaluate the milestone achievements, challenges and indeed fashioning out the way forward.
The event which was held at the Mariam Babangida Women Development centre, Central Business District, Abuja preparatory to the marking of the 2020 International Women’s Day slated for March 8th, was sponsored by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.
With this year’s theme: I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights, the event had in attendance the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehenire, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Oluranti Adebule, Emir of Kano (rep), UN representative in Nigeria, First Lady of Kwara state, Olufolake Abdulrazak, development partners, women in the military, Association of Women in Commerce, Industry and Agriculture among others.
Speaking on the imperative of the event, the wife of the Governor of Kwara, Olufolake Abdulrazak calls on youths irrespective of class to embrace skill acquisition in order to escape poverty and crimes in the society.
“For women and young girls to escape poverty, they must acquire competent skills that will help them contribute meaningfully to themselves and the society”
In the area of gender balance, Olufolake said Kwara state has done creditably well in that regard in view of the current appointments into political offices, hence calling on other States to emulate the good gesture exhibited by Kwara.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Tallen call on women to stand up for their rights anywhere, anytime.
She also encourage them to venture into fields that are dominated by men particularly in politics, defence, engineering and security to prove their competence and relevance in the society.
The Plateau state-born politician while urging the women to works towards actualising 50% equality before 2020, also advised them not to be confrontational but to improve themselves in the area of skills, competence, experience and hard work in order to compete favorably in the patriarchal society.