The Cross River State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has called on citizens to end the exclusion, segregation and marginalization of women and girls to ensure a gender equal world for all.
The State Chairman of NAWOJ, Mrs. Umo Basi-Edet made the call in a statement signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Maria Nsa Ewa to mark this year’s International Women’s Day in Calabar with the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.
Mrs. Basi-Edet maintained that it is high time Nigerians desisted from the archaic historic, cultural, and socio-economic barriers that prevent women from taking their seat at the decision-making table to ensure that resources and power are distributed equally.
The State Chairman emphasized on the need to raise awareness against gender inequality as well as promote equality for both gender.
Comrade Basi-Edet stressed on the need to always celebrate women’s outstanding achievements when ever the need arises considering the recent achievement of Justice Akon Ikpeme, Professor Florence Bankong Obi and Doctor Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala amongst others.
She wished all the women a happy celebration of the 2021 Women’s day and urged women to take a break and celebrate their resilience, competence and hardwork despite the challenges they face regularly.
NAWOJ Cross River,