The Lift Above Poverty Organisation, LAPO in Edo State, yesterday emphasised on the need for girls and women to be recognised and empowered in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Outstanding Women Leadership Award ceremony in Benin City, the Chairperson of the LAPO board of Directors, Professor Christiana Okojie said women constitute 50 percent of the “world population and are making substantial contribution to its socio-economic development” though they are faced with enormous family and household responsibilities.
She however bemoaned the “unrecognised” and “unnoticed” contribution of women in the society and emphasised on the need to address the anomaly.
Prof. Okojie noted that the Non-governmental organisation is committed to social, health and Economic empowerment of the poor and vulnerable in the society stressing that the award given out to Barr. Mrs Mary Iyasere, Mrs Happiness Omoruyi and Chief Mrs. Mabel Adams JP are in recognition of women who have excelled and distinguished themselves in Business, professional and public life.
She said, “ Quite unfortunate women’s contributions largely remain unrecognised and unnoticed in most developing and least developed countries. Besides the society gives a little chance to women to enter into the field of various economic activities.”
“We believe that there is an urgent need to address the marginalisation of women as well as acknowledged their contributions in all facets of our national life”.
“We are using this auspicious opportunity to honour women who have distinguished themselves in their chosen career and business organisation with a sustainable social impact”.