A group, Kabetkache Women Development and Resource Centre in the South-South has lamented the level of poverty among women in the region.
It asserted that 70 per cent of women in Nigeria live in abject poverty.
The executive director for the organisation, Emem Okon, made the assertion at a capacity building/ training workshop on gender and social inclusion held at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar, yesterday.
Okon wondered why women have suddenly become an endangered species, saying that 73 per cent of world refugees are women and children.
According to Okn, 70 per cent of the world’s poorest people are women.
She said the reasons why women suffer so much in refugees’ camps is because the men flee the facilities to where there is little violence to look for money, leaving the women behind in horrible situations with children whom they fed for.
“The gender bias in Nigeria is not only keeping women down, but also retarding their potential. Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could grow by 23 per cent of $292billion if women participate in the economy to the same extent as men, “Okon said.
The executive director maintained that two third of the world’s population are women, but children born to another who can read are 50% more likely to live past the age of fifty.
She urged the leaders of thoughts and opinion moulders present at the training to ensure that women are included in the planning of community programmes rather than relegating them to the background.