By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—FORMER Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, has described as inadequate the education of the girl-child, insisting that this has hampered the chances of women in contesting for political positions in the country.
Mrs Ativie spoke yesterday in Benin at the Nigerian Labour Congress Women Committee, NLC-WC, International Women’s Day conference interactive session with the theme Press for Progress: A Boost for Women as Partners in Progress Economically and Politically.
Her words: “An adequate level of education is required to think, develop ideas, plan and, importantly, speak.
“As a leader, you need to inspire people to follow you, which makes education of utmost importance. It is no news that the education of the girl-child is grossly inadequate and this hampers the chances of women in contesting political positions.
“This inadequacy in the education of women further fuels a lack of self-confidence.”
She called for a re-orientation of the society on gender norms and stereotypes for effective women participation in politics.
Bridge Academy, NAPTIP
The event, organised by Nigerian Labour Congress, Women Commission, NLC-WC, led by Daisy Osunde as Chairperson, in collaboration with Bridge International Academies, had over 3,000 women in attendance.
For Daisy Osunde, “women are no longer dependent souls, but independent and self-reliant in every respect and are capable of doing everything.”
The Vice President, Policy and Partnership, Bridge International Academies, Mrs. Adesuwa Ifedi, in her address called for equal opportunity for education of the girl-child in the country.
Also, the Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Nduka Nwaweme, represented by Obi Onyebuchi, attributed ignorance as the key problem of human trafficking and illegal migration.
He said proper education of the girl-child and women is a vital tool to fight the menace.