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IWD: Get involved in politics, Edo first lady urges women

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Edo State First Lady, Betsy Obaseki has urged women to get involved in politics.

She also urged women to acquire the required knowledge to make them valuable to contribute to the development of the country.

Obaseki made this call at the International Women’s Day event organised by the John Odigie Oyegun Pubic Service Academy, in Benin on Friday.

International Women’s Day is celebrated yearly on March 8, 2024.

The theme for this year’s IWD campaign, from the IWD website is #InspireInclusion. Collectively, we can all #InspireInclusion.

She said the theme of the event, “Inspire Inclusion, Empowering Women in Public Service Through Inclusive Leadership,” should inspire women to reach for the top in their chosen careers and become part of the decision-making process in the country.

She also called on women to get involved in politics to ensure that the never-do-wells are kicked out of the political space, noting that the narratives must change for good if the country has to realise its full potential.

She said, “Inclusion means gender equality must be upheld and no woman must be left out. Every woman is valuable because they all have something to bring to the table even as housewives.

“Women help to groom and develop the society as you take care of the family, We have seen women doing fantastic things in various fields. We need the female gender as much as the male gender, the two genders should work together.

“The genders have their peculiar traits and none can take the place of the other. So women must know their value and place in society. Don’t allow anyone to put you down. Give your best by building capacity so that you can be qualified to fill certain positions in society. We need to acquire knowledge so that we can add value to whatever job we do.

“They should get involved in politics which has been taken over by ‘Never Do Wells’. That is the story of Nigeria and it must change,” she added.

Director General of JOOPSA, Imuwahen Ajoonu called for the creation of environments that uplift and empower all women, irrespective of their background, ethnicity, or abilities.

She noted, “By fostering inclusivity, we not only enrich our organizations and communities but also ensure that the voices of all women are heard and valued.

“We must also acknowledge the persistent challenges faced by many women in their pursuit of leadership roles. As we explore the theme of inclusive leadership, let us commit to creating environments that uplift and empower all women, irrespective of their background, ethnicity, or abilities.

“Our collective efforts can inspire a new era of leadership, one that is characterized by collaboration, empathy, and a commitment to fairness. So, let International Women’s Day be a catalyst for change – a day that propels us forward on the path to true equality, where women in public service can lead without limitations, and where their accomplishments are celebrated as a testament to the power of inclusion,” she added.

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