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Achieving equality demands great efforts – Udeze

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WOMEN are indispensable for the formation of future generation and national development. Any nation without female gender faces doom and without long goes into extinction.     

  As women, we have to stand firm and speak with one voice. We can collectively improve our situation, recognise, and celebrate achievements. This initiative will motivate women towards making desired efforts that will advance the course of women in general.  

 Director, Anambra State Library Board, Nkechi Udeze, stated this at the Onitsha Divisional Library, as part of the Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State Chapter’s  activities to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD).

According to her, this year’s theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights aligns with the United Nations Women’s new multigenerational campaign. The campaign marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.

“Although women have been making efforts towards obtaining equality from a relatively distant past, a great deal is yet to be done. The IWD is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Achieving equality demands a great struggle and efforts.”

Dr Udeze urged women to develop themselves to be better representatives of their gender. “It is pertinent that whatever we want to do, we must do it with dignity. Placing our family first is essential because problems of equality start with neglect of our family responsibilities.

“We must always put our house in order. We have the abilities to do that. To the young girls among us, ensure that you have a good vision. Focus on your education for it opens all doors. As far as l am concerned, the education of the girl-child is essential,” she said.

In her remarks, Secretary, Nigerian Library Association, Anambra State, Ngozi Osuchukwu encouraged women to get an education and pursue after knowledge, emphasising the need to contribute and participate in nation-building.

“The world needs your contribution. You need to earn your own money and not embarrassingly depend on someone for your upkeep. So you work hard to define and prove yourself. When you have your own money, you can help your family and in other places.

“Work hard and earn respect, dignity, and integrity. Let the young girls be serious with their studies to achieve success. Let the women persevere and get to the top. The world is too big for everybody to achieve their dreams. Do not be pushed aside. You have all it takes to stand at the same level as the other person and still love your homes.”

In her contribution, Senior Librarian Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Rose Nwabueze advised every woman to emulate the virtuousness of Proverbs 31 woman.  

“We should be a good role model for our children and train them well, especially the females. We should be  good women for our families. To be the one that will make our family pleasant and not otherwise. Mothers should ask God for direction in achieving His purpose for their lives.

‘Train the girl-child because many people relegate them to the background. You must invest in training the girls. Train them to make them relevant to society. Make them influential; make available every resource at your disposal to make them be what are destined for them. God wants them to be significant in whatever profession they choose. “

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