* As Rivers NAWORG rallies women into action
By Wisdom Nwachukwu
Niger Delta women were known for high-flying abilities and readiness to compete and not sit and cry. Now, such capabilities may be in fresh demand to excel and overtake.
The event which attracted presentations from key resource persons also witnessed a sensitization workshop at the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Conference hall in Port Harcourt.
Making her remark, the State Coordinator of the NACCIMA Women Group, NAWORG Rivers State Chapter, and convener of the 2021 NAWORG Internal Women’s Day celebration, Oriaku Hanson Oyet Ille urged women in the Niger Delta region to pay closer attention to women capabilities in the environment.
She said women have over the decades played significant roles in trade, commerce, administration, and wars. These valiant actions and gallantry have helped to liberate the region and place her on the path of progress from time to time.
She noted that the women can thus become proactive in positioning the region in a better light, and also reduce hardship on their families if they choose to challenge.
According to her, the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “I Choose to Challenge”, reminds women that it is time to become capable of taking opportunities staring them in the face. “We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world because from challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge” she said.
PHCCIMA President, Nabil Saleh, in his welcome address, noted that women should be held in high esteem following their high-efficiency rate in positions of trust and ability to balance professional and personal leadership skills.
According to the PHCCIMA helmsman, the present administration has huge regard for the female gender, which ultimately premised the victorious election of three women based on merit, capabilities, and competence; hence the constitution of the PHCCIMA Executive Committee with three women and three men. He said PHCCIMA will continue to support women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment by providing opportunities for them to harness their potential via the NAWORG Rivers state chapter.
The event also witnessed the presence of some special guests and notable women in society, including, former national Vice President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Emilia Ekama Akpan, a royal mother, Tombari Leslie Eke (Wife of Ezegbakagbaka of Evo kingdom), proprietress of Jephta International School, Ifeoma Chukwuogo, and many more who encouraged women to look deeper to find extra strength to fight bias.
They ruled out the prospect of giving up as an option but asked women to challenge the stereotypes and persisting hindrances, rather than quitting in the face of challenges.
They also reminded women that the 2021 theme for the IWD celebration was meant to encourage women from all walks of life to brace up by challenging those challenges, starting by vocally and openly speaking up against those limiting circumstances around them, breaking barriers, bursting the ceiling and reaching for the stars.
Every year on March 8 the world unites to celebrate International Women’s day. International Women’s Day has developed into a truly global celebration of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It’s a day when women are recognized for their achievements and contributions to society without regard to nationality, ethnicity, culture, economic status, or political views. It is fashioned to support, inspire, and motivate women across all fields of work. and to focus on various themes such as equality, innovation, the importance of education, and career opportunities.