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IWD: See women as equal partners – Foundation

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Ms Inimfon Etuk , the Chairperson, She Forum Africa, has called on men to see women as an equal partners in order to achieve gender equality.

Etuk made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD).

NNN reports that the theme of this year is tagged “Balance for Better’’.

She noted that seeing women as equal partners by their male counterparts would enhance nation building and that was the kind of equality women are advocating for.

Etuk said that giving women equal contributory partnership, when it comes to nation building would engender bringing their positive ideas that would help to solve nation’s problems.

She added that women were naturally caregivers, big custodians of economy and economic growth.

She urged men to recognise those qualities women possess in order to help achieve gender equality.

According to her, skill acquisition is primary in achieving the desired goal and appealed to Nigerian women to pay attention to their mental health.

She added that mental health was not about outright madness, stressing that so many issues that women are travelling with affects their overall performance.

She therefore advised women to take care of their physical and mental health.

“We should be able to understand our numbers, physical and mental fitness that will help us perform optimally in work places, homes, society and others.

“We also need to rise above social crises and stereotyped culture that have risen against us and continued to hinder the progress of women and this is the time women should overlook them.

“If a woman is professionally qualified and prepared to take up a position then we have already accomplished half of the things militating against us.

“And we should also do our home work as women and shun the saying and belief that society has delegated us to the background,” she advised.

“We encourage our men to see our women as equal partners; that is the kind of equality we are talking about.

“Give women equal contributory partnership when it comes to nation building,’’ she said.

Etuk however admonished government to recognise the qualities women had and ensure that more qualified women are given a chance to contribute their quota in nation building.

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