As 2021 Women’s International Day was celebrated yesterday with the theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has called on the Nigerian government to address the challenges that hold women back and limit their potentials.
This was contained in a statement issued by the centre in celebration of the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) and obtained by TOS News.
The Director of the centre, Idayat Hassan, said gender equality can be achieved by deepening women’s participation in politics, economy, education, health and other critical sectors in society.
CDD said it would strengthen its interventions to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.
“We must choose to challenge barriers in governance, political and economic systems, which prevent women from achieving their true potentials.”
Speaking on Women in Leadership, Ms Hassan said women have remained resilient as they continue to play pivotal roles in societies despite the impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods.
CDD said it also celebrates great women achievers who shattered glass ceilings and made history.
“Worthy of note is the beautiful story of Kamala Harris, who defied the odds last November to emerge as the first female Vice President of the United States.
“Another instructive story would be found in the emergence of our own Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO),” the statement read.