By Maryam Aminu
The Director-General, Global Centre for Human Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Development, GLOCHEED, Mrs. Rose Gyar, has Congratulated Muslims faithful as she pushes for inclusive participation of women in political, legislative, and governance processes at all levels ie national, states/FCT, LGAs/ACs, and even communities…
This she says would leapfrog national development and contribute to the restoration of peaceful coexistence in communities across the country.
Women she said, are specially created as peacemakers and bridge-builders hence they could marry across cultures and inculcate multicultural values in their children. This serves as a tool for the promotion of unity among citizens.
GLOCHEED boss, Mrs. Rose Gyar, an advocate of Citizens Inclusive Engagement and participation in service delivery and governance processes, MSME Development and Competitiveness as well as Women Economic Empowerment congratulated Muslim faithful as they celebrate another great season of Sallah, urging Nigerian Women to continue to inculcate moral values in their children while also encouraging them to live in peace with everyone wherever they find themselves, to desist from vices that could destroy their lives and flee from bad friends.
She acknowledged the effect of peer influence but reiterates that women as mothers have a greater influence on their children if they play their roles appropriately.
She also frowned at mothers who do not teach or train their children to adhere to the tenets of religious beliefs and call on all women to take the task of childbearing and upbringing as a religious obligation, reminding Muslim women that this Sallah offers yet another opportunity for them to have time to admonish their children against keeping bad friends, being respectful and obedient to parents and all elders, as well as act with patriotism as citizens of our great country.
Rose made this known in a Sallah message made available to the press through her media aide, Emmanuel Daudu, in the early hours of today.
The Director-General who expressed optimism that Nigerian women are capable of contributing positively to the sustainable development of our great country if given access to inclusive participation in governance processes.
She enjoined the government to look around and identify Nigerian women with the capacity and capability to appointive positions, and the political parties to support women to achieve their political aspirations by providing a level playing field with their male counterparts in political contests and appointments.
She pointed out that the economic empowerment of women would serve as an incentive to contribute towards bridging the gap of financial exclusion of women. She, therefore, advocates for special interventions targeted at specific identified female-dominated sectors of the economy to promote financial inclusion, especially at the rural level.
She also decried that women in the rural areas still do not have Bank accounts, Bank Verification Numbers, National Identification numbers, and Voters Cards pointing out that this adds to the poverty level of the women since it limits their access to poverty alleviation services.
She, therefore, called on the respective agencies responsible for the delivery of these services to put in more efforts in identifying relevant women groups to partner with them to create access to these services for women in rural areas.
She added that there is also a need for more women to occupy political party offices other than women leaders to be on the decision-making table to provide gender lenses to every decision especially as political parties are preparing for various conventions and congresses in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
Stressing further, she urged the government to create more windows in the MSME’s macrocosm and soft accessibility schemes to better the lives of women working with identified Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) to identify operators in the sub-sector to benefit and grow the national economy, create jobs and reduce unemployment and poverty ravaging our country. Women’s economic empowerment directly metamorphoses into a better life for the children and gives birth to a better society.
She wished the Muslims a peaceful Sallah celebration and urged them to use the occasion to pray for the restoration of peace and security in our country, while also using the holiday to create awareness about women inclusive participation in governance, to support them explore their potentials to support the growth and development of Nigeria as citizens of our great country.