Mother’s Day: ‘More women deserve to participate in governance’

Mothers and others stakeholders have called for participation of more women in governance and appreciation of their noble roles in nation building.

They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday in commemoration of Mother’s Day celebration across the world.

The 2018 Beauty Queen, Catholic Women Organisation, Mrs. Agatha Okorie, urged men to recognise and appreciate the importance and value of mothers.

“As we mark Mother’s Day today, let us recognise and celebrate our women on this remarkable day. Nigerians should draw their attention to the importance of mothers in the society.

“Without mothers in any society, it will not have its full perfection,’’ she said.

The beauty queen, who is also a police officer, also urged the government to promote standard of women in Nigeria, especially among men.

“I can count different countries where women are fully represented in different sectors both in the past and the present. Nigeria should not be different. We deserve respect and special attention as a weaker sex,’’ she said.

According to Mrs Lizzy Omojuwa-Okiye, the Spokesman for Old Girls Association of Federal Government Girls College, Kazaure, Nigerian women have evolved over the years.

“We are breaking the glass ceiling; we are clamouring for that gender equality. As is contained in the team for the International Women’s Day “Balance for the Better’’.

“Nigerian women have taken up challenging roles to actually say what a man can do, a woman can do it better, ‘’ she said.

Similarly, Mrs Patricia Nwabuwa, a retired Deputy Director and School Principal in Lagos State, said the most challenging issue affecting women was gender inequality and oppression.

“The government should involve more women in politics and give them more slots in political power. They should be given more voice and not to be discriminated against, ” she said.

Nwabuwa also said that this support should began as a girl-child, especially in the rural areas by improving the healthcare of women toward reducing maternal/infant mortality.

“The women deserve adequate justice, healthcare and fair play, fight to stop sexual abuse, early marriages, child trafficking, prostitution and child labour,’’ Nwabuwa said.

A Cleric, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Udoh, Parish Priest of St. Maria Goretti, Abaranje, Lagos, said “no human being is as selfless as a good and ideal mother’’.

“No one can be selfless, understanding and sacrificing as our mothers. Their lives are so demanding that they deserve to be celebrated,’’ he said.

A Civil Servant, Mrs Amaka Ukwedike, urged government to support women by making education more accessible to them to boost their personality.

“The Nigerian woman is stronger than other women across the world because she can survive and withstand tough situations, unlike non-Nigerian women who get special preferences from their government.

“In some countries, women on maternity are taken care of by the government. Violence against them is never tolerated,’’ she said.

Ms Bekky Georgewill, a Marketer suggested that women should be given more attention in governance so that the challenges of gender inequality would be addressed.

Mrs Veronica Okoro, the President of Christian Mothers, St. Joachim and Anne Church, Ijegun, said Nigerian women were overtasked by men who failed in meeting with their economic demands.

“Women have really carried the cross of building the homes economically more than what God designed for them to be helpers, as 95 per cent of women are currently bread winners,’’ she said.

Mr Bamidele Ogunmekan, (KSM) Archdiocesan President, Catholic Confraternity of Christian Fathers, Lagos, noted that all mothers in Nigeria and across had more task in nation building.

“ I call on fathers and children to cooperate with mothers in discharging their very tasking roles as mothers.

“Nigerian Government should also put in place, a special programme that will address issues of mothers, especially in empowering them to play their roles as mothers,’’ he said.

Ogunmekan noted that the Nigerian woman had come a long way and in all ramifications, met international standard.

“A woman is said to have the ability to produce, after carrying the baby for nine months. She is an embodiment of patience; the goddess of life; why should she not be revered,’’ Anthonia Okoase said.

She said no one could pay the debt of mothers to the family, except for occasions as a day like this, “which is a necessity to demonstrate appreciation for their contributions’’.

NAN reports that Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world at different times and dates.

Catholics and some other churches commemorated it on Sunday March 31, while others observe it on later dates.


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