NGO ad­vo­cates bet­ter wel­fare for women

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Vir­tu­ous Women in Pil­grim­age and Tourism of Nige­ria (AVWOPAT) has called on gov­ern­ment to pro­vide an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for women to per­form bet­ter across the coun­try and be­yond.

The founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the group, Lady Chy Swim­mer, said with the over 60% of women pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try, there should be more than 35% af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion to give them a sense of be­long­ing.

She re­gret­ted that de­spite the ro­bust ideas of women in mov­ing the econ­omy of the coun­try for­ward, they have not been given the de­sired op­por­tu­nity to do that.

Sch­wim­mer, who stated this after the meet­ing for Board of Di­rec­tors (BoDs) held, yes­ter­day, in Abuja, said it was high time is­sues of women were taken more se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing their con­tri­bu­tions to na­tion build­ing.

She said the gap in women par­tic­i­pa­tion in gov­ern­ment over the years had grown wider, hence the need to create op­por­tu­ni­ties for them.

“Women are over 60% in the coun­try and they de­serve to be given equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in is­sues that will add value to the econ­omy,” she said.

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