By Ayo Ajayi
Nigerian women have been advised to be actively involved in politics, in order to be part of the decision making in the matter of their concern.
The advice resonated in the speeches by various speakers at the 2nd Annual Women Conference and Award Presentation on Tuesday in Lagos.
Fight Against Corruption Organisation (FACO), a non-governmental organisation organised the event which had, “The Role of Women in Nations Building” as its theme.
The Keynote Speaker, Professor Bidemi Idowu of the Faculty of Education, Lagos State University (LASU) noted that women play a key role in the building of the nation.
She described women as the best organisers of home, teachers, economists’, health officers, and disciplinarian among others. “We must begin to empower our women because we are enterprising,” she added.
She also advised women to always give support to one another, particularly in politics, so as to have more women in the nation’s governance.
A Guest Speaker, and immediate past Tutor General and Permanent Secretary, Education District 6, Oshodi, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Onadipe advocated for the review of policies that put women at a disadvantage, adding that, women are not in competition with men but complement them.
“That we are women should not preclude us from being part of any political party or professional bodies. Any government should make an amendment to any policy that placed women at a disadvantage,” she advocated.
In her submission, the Chairman of the occasion, Mrs. Idiat Abolarin, enjoined women to instil discipline in the lives of their children by exhibiting quality lifestyle. “No matter what we say, they are watching us. Therefore, we have to watch our lifestyle.”
The convener of the Conference, Dr. Francis Shopekan expressed the belief that women, if given more opportunities would take the nation to a greater height.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of an award of excellent to Mrs. Olufunmilayo Onadipe.