Founder/President, Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation (ASYARF), Dr. Amb. Asabe ShehuYar’Adua, has urged countries to be committed to achieving women’s empowerment in the world of work.She said this would be in line with Paragraph 6 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, emphasising that to achieve this, countries should now enact transformative measures.
Speaking on “The Role of Women in Promoting Peace and Development in the Community” at the celebration of the International Women’s Day 2017, which is in line with the United Nations on every March 8, Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua stated that women’s participation in peace processes was not optional, adding that “It is a requirement in other for a peaceful community and better development”.
The ASYARF President said the need for countries all over the world to be committed to women empowerment was necssary because “across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys”.
“They (women) look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases, this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership.
“This shapes the norms of relative disadvantage and advantage of where women and men are positioned in the economy, of what they are skilled to do and where they will work. The time to act and change the world is now. The community needs to recognize the role and potentials of women”, Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua further said.
According to her, when governments, businesses and communities invest in empowering women in any workplace, and in eliminating inequalities, “there will be physical improvement in health, participation in education and poverty reduction”.
She also said aAligned with this, recognition should be given to the role of men in family and care support, especially where this would enable women to play a stronger active role in the workforce and policy making.
“Efforts to realise gender equality in the workplace for women are a vital strategy for economic and social development as part of sustainable development. Women and girls comprise the majority of people living in poverty, and experience persistent and multidimensional inequalities, thus limiting economic development potential”, the ASYARF Founder said.
She further said poverty, vulnerability and virulent conflicts have been the bane of communities especially in sub – Sahara Africa for several decades, stating that while it has been proven that women are more peaceful than men, these champions of peaceful co-existence are barely given the opportunity to be part of conflict resolution and peace building.
“For whatever reasons or mainly because of their biological differences, women are better peacemakers than men. One can thus say that to some degree”, she emphasised.
She said this year’s theme: “Women in the Changing World of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, is a significant and road mapping theme in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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