By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Women empowerment has been described as a tool of encouraging women to gain knowledge, skills and attitude that will help them overcome all form of constraints in the society.
The coordinator of Women in Business, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Mrs Adeola Olaleye gave the idea in an interview with The Hope.
According to her, if women are empowered, it will give them adequate opportunities to harness their God-given potentials.
The Ifon born coordinator affirmed that it will also help them to gain more power and influence needed to deal with people, institutions, and the society at large.
To her, women empowerment is not just a process of acquiring power for women, but arousing the already existing power in them for effective participation in the society.
She posited that women empowerment is to consciously raising the economic, social, political, educational and spiritual strength of women hence the need for all and sundry to make it a priority.
“The productive way to maximise all round efficiency of a woman is to contribute her quota in the development of a country, if you empower women, you have empowered the nation, therefore government at all levels and well meaning Nigerians should do their best in this regard.
“Empowerment deals with obtaining basic opportunities for the marginalised group, this issue must be taken into consideration for national development. I believed that if women empowerment increases, the poverty level in the Nation will be lowered. Women will also be self reliants ,feed their families, be comfortable ,and have confidence in the society.
“If women as a weaker vessels are granted their pride of place, it will assist in the process of effectively combating poverty, diseases, hunger, and stimulate sustainable development in Nigeria “She emphasised.
She equally advised women not to be idle but find something doing no matter how small.”Women must come out of their shell to limelight, our future is in our hands, gone are the days when women’s jobs are limited to the kitchens”.
Charging women to properly take care of their children, husbands, and make their marriage work, she maintained that they should be humble, perseveres, and must be a role model whom their children can emulate.
Mrs Olaleye however commended the wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu for her passion for women and the girl-child in the state, saying that all her various programmes in terms of empowering this set of people is a welcome development.
While saying that all women in the position of authorities should emulate this gesture of Arabinrin Akeredolu, she harped on the need for all hands to be on deck in ensuring women empowerment in the society.