Kwara State gives Women 50% Affirmative Action in leadership Positions:- Mrs Chika Offor

Kwara State gives Women 50% Affirmative Action in leadership Positions:- Mrs Chika Offor

 

Kwara State gives Women 50% Affirmative Action in leadership Positions:- Mrs Chika Offor

Kwarra State is described as a State that gives Women 50% Affirmative Action. Mrs Chika Offor said this at a Media chat with the GreenLand News, to mark 2024 International Women’s Day in Abuja.

Mrs Chika Offor who is the CEO of Vaccine Network, the National Vice President Business and Professional women, is also the Chairperson of the Health Sector Reform Coalition. A coalition of experts who have one major aim to reform the Health sector.
She applauded the kind gesture of Governor, AbduRahman AbdulRasaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, who serves as role model to other Governors in women inclusion. He adhered to 50% Women Affirmative Action in Kwara State.
According to her, “want to use this opportunity to celebrate Kwara State Governor, AbduRahman AbdulRasaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State. The State has high representation of women in leadership position and it is the only State in Nigeria to have 50% Women Affirmative Action for women.”
“I went there for a programme, to my greatest surprise, the Commissioner for Health is a woman, the Executive Secretary of Health is a woman and I was so excited about that. When you have such things, it should be celebrated so that other states could borrow a leaf from them. If they missed it when it came to election in National Assembly, they should not miss it in selection of their excos.”
“So we really need more gender transformative approaches in terms of policies, actions and in the general outlook. In not too distant future, we want a country where a woman can be a Governor, Minister of Health or even the President. This is the kind of future we are looking forward to and we are also looking for a future where women will be well represented in all areas.” Mrs Offor said.
She lamented that only few women were given opportunity to serve at the National Assembly.
According to her, “in the National Assembly, we have very few women in both the upper and lower chambers. When it comes to issues that has to do with women; who will take decisions for them since they have very few of them in National Assembly? Mrs Offor asked.”
She questioned why Women vote will be needed during election and people will not want to vote for women in elective positions.

Mrs Offor who said there is need to build the capacity of women to know their rights also said sensitization, advocacy and empowerment is crucial for women.
“When you empower a woman you have empowered a community. Women should be empowered. Mrs Offor noted.
According to International Women’s Day.com, “campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is Inspire Inclusion.
“When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world.
“And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.
“To inspire inclusion means to celebrate diversity and empowerment on International Women’s Day 2024 and beyond.
“International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
“In 2024, the campaign theme Inspire Inclusion emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society.”

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