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NLC Women advocate investment in girls, women



By Aisha Cole

The leader of the Lagos branch of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Princess Olubumi Arowoduye-Abikoye, says there is a need to invest and protect girls and women to reach their full potential.

Arowoduye-Abikoye made the roll call Wednesday in Lagos during the NLC Women, Lagos, celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme: “Domestic violence against women at home and at work”.

She also denounced the wave of rapes across the country, especially among teenagers, saying it was alarming.

AroBy Aisha Colewoduye-Abikoye, said the general insecurity of the entire nation is also disheartening and calls for sober thinking.

According to her, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the union has trained and empowered its members.

Arowoduye-Abikoye congratulated the wife of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Ms Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Senator Oluremi Tinubu for their unwavering support for the union.

In her remarks, Senator Olufemi Tinubu, represented by Ms Bukola Kukoyi, urged parents to always encourage and pay attention to their female child by saying “what a man can do, a woman can do it better” .

In addition, Ms. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, represented by Ms Mojisola Fashola, said that no woman can reach her full potential without the right environment to explore.

Sanwo-Olu commended the organizers of the program for the focus on ways to tackle gender-based violence in society.

She urged women to always do what is right without fear or favor.

Guest speaker Ms Iyabode Obasa, who spoke on “Choosing to tackle gender-based violence in the workplace,” urged women to appreciate and respect the talents of others.

Obasa advised women to continue supporting their husbands and refrain from fighting with their partners at home.

She also urged women to create cooperative societies in which they could invest to improve their finances and support their families.

Business mogul and entrepreneur Iyalode Alaba Lawson, in her goodwill message, said times are changing for the better for women, adding that they should not tolerate any form of violence.

Lawson, who was the first female president of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), said sincere men would recognize the value and role of women in their lives. and their home.

She advised Nigerian women to stay focused and be pillars of support for one of them.

The Chairman of the Lagos State Joint Negotiating Committee, Comrade Adeyanju Adewale, and Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, NLC Vice Chairman, Lagos State, said women deserve to be celebrated daily because of their commitment and their dedication at home and at work.

Commenting, Ms Funmi Sessi, President of NLC Lagos State, urged women to always speak out on cases of rape and gender-based violence that occur at home and in the workplace.

“The C190 Convention of the International Labor Organization (ILO) provides for a certain level of sanction for offenders.

“I beg Nigerian women to use their numbers and lobby the convention to allow all branches of government to enact it to punish gender violators accordingly,” Sessi said.

She said that if the ILO Convention C19O were adopted in Nigeria, the rate of violence and sexual harassment would stop drastically. (NOPE).


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