The Centre for Information Communication Technology and Development(CITAD) has urged rural women to consider themselves as important stakeholders for the development of Nigeria as it commemorates this year’s International Women’s Day(IWD) in Gaube community in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.
Some of the Gaube women celebrating the IWD with placard demanding for equal opportunity for women’s participation in politics and end to gender based violence.
The non-governmental organisation which was in the community on Tuesday to sensitize women about their rights and their importance in the development of the country, as part of activities to mark the IWD, said women in the rural communities ought to be carried along like their counterparts in the cities.
CITAD Programme Manager, Salma Abdulwahid(Middle), in group photo with the women in Gaube community during the IWD celebration.
CITAD Programme Manager, Salma Abdulwahid who addressed the gathering of women, told them to believe in themselves because they have great potentials in them that can change the fortune of their communities and the country as a whole.
Some of the Gaube women celebrating the IWD with placard demanding for equal opportunity in economic participation for women.
The International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
As part of the organization’s activities to commemorate the day, women in the community were enlightened about sexual reproductive health, gender equality and how to become empowered in line with the Sustainable Development Goal Agenda.
Speaking on the rationale for celebrating the Women’s Day in the community, Abdulwahid explain that the local community was selected for the celebration to create awareness in the rural women that they are “change markers, pillars in the home and are key for the development of the country.”
She said it was also for the rural women to know and understand the significance of the IWD celebration.
Gaube is one of the communities that have benefitted from interventions from CITAD with support from Actionaid Nigeria.
Several youths, including young girls have benefitted in the past from ICT trainings conducted by the organization.
The programme manager said women are also being encourage to take advantage of the ICT Centre deployed in the community by CITAD to acquire skills that are useful for their economic development.
Speaking on behalf of the women, the TIV Women Leader in the community, Rebecca John thanked CITAD and Actionaid Nigeria for bringing the celebration to their community.
She said the women were willing to go back to school but were not previleged.
The women leader therefore, appealed to the authorities for establishment of adult education, literacy centre women in the community.
She also appealed to the government and other humanitarian organisations to assist them to set up businesses that they can comfortably run at their respective homes.