… Frowns At National Assembly’s Position On Gender Bills
The Akwa lbom State Secondary Education Board chairman, Dr Ekaette Ebong Okon, has charged women all over the country to arise and work towards restoring the value and dignity of womanhood.
Okon gave the charge in Uyo during the International Women’s Day celebration anchored by the wife of Akwa lbom State governor, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel.
She said women were specially created with special gifts as managers and source of strength to men, hence the reason every man needs a woman to succeed.
The State Secondary Education Board chairman posited that women are accomplished companions and brains behind men’s successes as a good number of successes recorded by men in the society are supported by women.
She continued that with the natural wisdom bestowed on women, they have become knowledgeable with the ability to create, nurture and transform.
The former lawmaker who said it is a belated parlance the saying “a woman is only restricted to domestic responsibilities,” maintained that in the present competitive world, women are frontlines in terms of academics, effectiveness in political offices and management of human and capital resources.
The educationist while urging women to rise up and take their rightful positions in the society as the only reliable companion and source of blessing and strength to men and the society, frowned at the unfair treatment of the Gender Bill by the National Assembly.
She noted that the position of the National Assembly on the Gender Bill suggests oppression, suppression and hate against the women as the action spells doom and negligence on the plight of the female gender given unfavourable laws and customs which need to be repealed.
The former state lawmaker expressed surprise that in spite of women’s support and major roles played both in art and science for the development of the society, they are not considered in such a bill; and called on the National Assembly to revisit the bill in order to reposition the female gender’s status and to give them a right of place and sense of belonging.