Former Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, His Lordship Idongesit Ntemisua has urged women to shun envy, jealousy and support one another to build a formidable force especially in politics.
She also called on men to support women who are aspiring political offices beyond purchase of their nomination forms.
Speaking at the 2.0 edition of Sit-Out by Citizen’s Outreach (Cit-Out) on “Rethinking Gender Equity and Reconceptualising Practices” the former Chief Judge said competent women should be supported financially throughout the course of campaigning.
She said, “We need to support each other at all times. Women should always work hand in hand with each other. Let us stop envying and being jealous of each other.
“Political parties should also make conscious effort to put women forward. Purchase of Nomination forms should be the least. Capable women should be supported financially throughout the course of campaigning.”
She also stressed on the need to incorporate the boy child into rights advocacy as they have been so far neglected in campaigns for the rights of a girlchild.
“There is need to educate the rural populace on the right to education for every girl child and to consciously carry the boy-child along in rights advocacy, as they appear to have been left behind.”
Chairman of session, Dr Cordelia Etuk in her remarks said, “We are struggling to defend ourselves, to prove a point, that should not be so. Women are wonderfully made. Every woman come pack-full with the potential to add value to the society. Let me therefore charge the women to take their place and make a mark.
In his keynote address, the Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Prof Ememabasi Bassey in distinguishing equity from equality stressed the need for humans to be treated as individual, not on the basis of gender.
He called for the exclusion of gender in the curriculum vitae for job application, saying individuals should henceforth be employed based on capacity and not gender.
He also identified maternity leave as one of the factors working against the female gender growth at work places and therefore drummed support for previous calls for paternity leave.
Setting the tone earlier, the Convener of Citizen’s Outreach (CitOut), Mr Thomas Etuk said the Non Governmental Organisation was designed to give everyone a voice by connecting with citizens (home and abroad) to find the needs of each community and foster the implementation of those needs for a better country and people.
The organisation which, according to Etuk has concerns across gender, children, governance, rural, faith based, health, education etc, has, as objectives; the need to connect with people, foster strong bond between leaders and followers, design new thought pattern for leadership and influence political actions among other issues.
Highpoint of the occasion was giving award of excellence to individual women and organisations who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour such as the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, which got the Bridge Builder award.