The wife of Rivers State governor, Justice Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, has called for proactive measures that will empower women so that they can effectively contribute their quota to helping Nigeria attain Planet 50-50 by 2030.
In a lead presentation at the ongoing United Nations 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Justice Nyesom-Wike said: “Better policies will improve the output of the women in the coal face of work and lead to development and stability of the nation. Proactive measures to empower women will help Nigeria achieve planet 50-50 in 2030. “
She said that Nigeria must change the current status quo in relation to the inclusion of women in the workforce, if it plans to make progress, noting that the informal sector where most women play critical roles account for 34 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
According to her, organising and recognising the informal sector will contribute immensely to the country’s economic development.
In her paper entitled Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work at the Coalface of Economic, Justice Nyesom-Wike said: “Nigeria, has put in place the necessary mechanisms required for the elimination of gender discrimination to ensure gender parity and human dignity.”