AS the world celebrates 2017 International Women’s Day, women in Nigeria have been urged to be affirmative and determined in their efforts to positively contribute to advancement of the society.
This was part of the summation of key note speaker at the 2017 International Women’s Day, organised by Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), held at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Director of WORDOC, Dr Sharon Omotosho, said the choice of the theme: Be bold for Change” is to sensitise the women in the society on the need to comply with the trending demands for change in Nigeria and Africa at large.
In her presentations, Professor Precious Garba, Economic Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan identified the roles of women in the society and the need to be effective in discharging their responsibilities towards making Nigeria great.
“Women have a lot of role to play in transforming the society for better and for any change to come, we must be determined and optimistic”.
She said further that ”everybody should have an attitude of good change, and should be a change agent, so that the society can grow better.”
Also in her speech, Mrs Rose Oyedele, a legal practitioner and special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Due Process said women should not allow themselves to be intimidated, but they should have positive affirmation that they can effect the change.”
“Women should not shy but they should speak up. If you don’t give voice to your thought, no matter how good it may be, it may not have any effect.”
Hanna Schlingmann, German Academic Exchange Service Representative in Nigeria in her presentation said women should take charge and be determined in their bid to be a change they want to see in the society.
The chairperson of the occasion, Professor Janice Olawoye, commended Dr. Sharon Omotosho for her courage in rejuvenating WORDOC and urged the younger generation to take a cue from the successful people in the society who have made meaningful impact.