In an unprecedented display of solidarity, women across the country put heads together to communicate to the world what womanhood means to them.
From corporate entities to Governmental and Non-governmental bodies, their objectives were clearly aligned: Better lives for women everywhere. A kaleidoscope…
By Gabriel Ewepu
AS the world marked International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, lawyers under the auspices of African Women Lawyers Association, ALWA, Nigeria, have called on the federal, state and local governments to provide crèches for female employees that breast-feed their babies to enhance mother and child bond and productivity at the workplace.
This was stated by the Alternate Coordinator, AWLA, Nigeria, Abuja branch, Ifeoma Wogu, while appraising contributions by women to national development.
Wogu also charged women groups in country who are recognised by the United Nations, African Union, and Federal Government, to leave their comfort zones and go to the hinterlands to educate the women about their potentials and rights.
She said: “The women in Nigeria need encouragement and recognition. Our effort and inputs need to be recorded. We are still under the burden of men, as the recent adage will put it, ‘Women belong to the other room. No, good things come out of women, they can take care of their matrimonial home, and most of the children properly raised occupy sensitive and high positions courtesy determination of the mothers.
“For the workplace, women who are employed and are working need to give breast milk, which is the best for the child and also she has been made to support the father of the home by that job. Giving a woman one month maternity leave does not deprive the mother but the child from having the benefits of breast milk, particularly in the private sector. I think this should be considered and the woman given more months to take care of her baby.
“I recall that the former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), opened a crèche called Lagos State Crèche, next to the State Secretariat for nursing mothers to give their child maximal attention. So, government offices should set up crèches for their female employees who are breast feeding so they can attend to their children and also be more productive at work. If these privileges are given to women they will impact immensely in national development.”
On the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace, in her assertion said women are mostly the cause, because they flaunt their sensitive body parts to the full glare of the men in the name of fashion, which they wear clothes that reveal their God given endowments cheaply.
“To me it is harassment on the men who are bosses from those loose women working under them. Ladies who are job seekers intentionally dress to negatively influence the men whom they want favour from, and as a result physically offer themselves willingly as a bait set before the men.
“And those men who lack self control fall prey to the temptation by demanding for what is under those lousy ladies, and give them the job. Some married women also are culpable of this act. Some men also sexually harass women in the workplace since they are their bosses. It is to be condemned in its entirety.”