As the world marks the 2021 International Women’s Day, Wife of Ondo state Governor, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu, has urged stakeholders across the state to challenge gender inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.
She stated this in her goodwill message to Ondo State Women on the occasion of 2021 International Women’s Day, noting that the previous year was a difficult one as the COVID-19 pandemic spared none and was particularly challenging for women.
Senior Special Assistant on Media to the First Lady, Tobi Fademi in a statement said Mrs Anyawu-Akeredolu is grateful to women in the state for their compassion and contributions during the Covid-19 shutdown by keeping the home front running.
The wife of the governor expressed the need for women to be better represented in leadership and governance, promising not to give up the fight for it.
She expressed worry about the staggering impacts of the pandemic on women, including being pushed into poverty, loss of jobs as the informal economy shrinks and an alarming spike in Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
The wife of the Governor who has launched the Ondo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Yellow Card Initiative among secondary school girls and established SGBV Emergency Response Center with toll free numbers as part of her commitment to ending all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in the state reminded all stakeholders to play their parts in protecting the rights of women and girls.
According to her, the International Women’s Day is also a call to action towards accelerating gender parity and raising funds for female-focused charities, maintaining that it serves as a pointer to the 2021 campaign theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”.
Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu emphasised that feminist leadership makes a difference and
urged Ondo state women to take up decision-making positions so as to have more inclusive policies that will benefit the society.
Mrs. Akeredolu said even though over one thousand women from the 18 local government areas of the State have been given SOLAYO Birth kit this year, to mark the 2021 IWD, the Akeredolu administration will continue to prioritise women socio economic development in the state, train more girls to BEMORE and improve their skills in ICT and solar technology so as to close the gender gap in technology space.