Lift Above Poverty Organization, (LAPO), a non- governmental organization based in Benin City, Edo State yesterday said there was urgent need to continue to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in ensuring that they enjoy equal access to quality education, employment , economic resources and equality in political representation at all levels
The chairperson of LAPO, Prof Mrs Christiana Okojie stated this in Benin during the International Women Day celebration with the theme ‘’Planet 50-50 By 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality, held in Benin City, Thursday.
Okojie said that the organization is marking the even under the sub theme- Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of women because in Nigeria, there are cases of infringements on the rights of women despite the fact that the country is a signatory to several treaties and conventions.
She stated “parity in education, access to resources and life transforming opportunities is yet to be achieved in sub-saharan Africa where gender disparity in tertiary education is still tilted in favour of men, and women’s access to paid employment that is secured in the light of income and social importance is still very low when compared with that of men in all sectors including agriculture”
Prof. Okojie also said that the change is gradually coming to Nigeria as more women are especially the elites are beginning to speak up for themselves but that would not solve the problem.