Members of the Garki Market Women Association in Abuja are urging Nigerian women all over the country to educate their children on the need for peace saying this is the only way to guarantee the return of lasting peace in the country.
The women who made the appeal during the International Women’s Day celebration said women are the peace builders of the society and must begin to assume that position.
They said that while women have several needs for their daily subsistence, these cannot be provided in the absence of peace in the society.
The market leaders said that asides finances which many women require to function, there is need for a lot of support and help as they are said to function best when full encouragement comes from the men.
Also in the southeast, thousands of women from the 31 Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State gathered at the popular Ibom Hall Grounds in what turned out to be a carnival to celebrate the International Women’s Day in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who was the special guest of honour at the event, acknowledged the contributions of women to Nigeria’s development over the years.
Governor Emmanuel challenged them to develop themselves to be relevant in the scheme of things while assuring them of the needed support.
In her speech, Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, commended the state government for integrating females in governance by implementing the 35% affirmative action through appointments into positions of authority and went further to ask for 50%.
While the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Glory Edet, praised the government for accommodating women in various positions of authority, Mrs Dorothy Ufot (SAN) added that they were not challenging the authority of the men in seeking equality with them.