C4C, Club 12 decry alarming rate of gender discrimination, disparity in Nigeria

C4C, Club 12 decry alarming rate of gender discrimination, disparity in Nigeria
February 18 19:41 2018 Print This Article

By Ahmed Idris

The Conversations for Change (C4C) and Club 12 comprising ladies that have retired from national and international service after long careers in their respective fields have decried the alarming rate of gender discrimination, disparity, cultural and societal challenged bedeviling Nigerian women, especially the young ones.

The groups expressed concerns over the welfare of womenfolk in the country at a Joint Conference for Young Female Professionals/Entrepreneurs in Abuja.

Speaking at the event, president of Club 12, Mrs Carol Ndaguba, said younger females are often faced with the monumental challenges of not being given the opportunities and encouragement to advance in their chosen career and to contribute effectively to societal and national development.

“A female child is often faced very early in life with issues of discrimination and unequal opportunities to education. If she is lucky enough to receive quality education she is further handicapped and challenged in finding adequate employment.

“Having been employed she often faces the monumental challenges of not being given the space and encouragement to advance in her chosen career and contributes effectively to her society and the country in general,’’ she said.

She said the conference was organised due to the unprecedented low economic situation in the country which often affected younger people, especially the females.

She said the main objective of the forum is to mentor and empower young females to enable them actualise their potentials in life.

Also speaking, president of the C4C, Dr Kechi Ogbuagu, stressed the need for older mothers and formidable women to prioritise qualitative engagement or empowerment of the younger ones.

Ogbuagu, who decried the challenges faced by younger female in the society, said Club 12 and C4C were determined to reach out to younger females in order to help them deal with challenges of life and strive to achieve their full potentials.

In her remarks, Mrs Titi Atiku Abubakar, described women as dynamic and intellectual, saying that every woman has the potential to be a change agent if given opportunity.

She said young females were faced with issues of unequal opportunities to education and employment, stressing that women have to work twice as hard both at home and in the office to ensure they manage both duties efficiently.

‘The challenges faced by every woman in the society further compounded by issues of unemployment and unequal financial opportunities, issues of sexual assault and other forms of violence among others.

“This is why every young woman must be educated, rightly informed and empowered as early as possible in life. It is our responsibilities as the older generation to give our younger females the tools and the capacity to be change agents, to be creative and excel in business and their chosen fields,’’ she said.