Women from Anambra today joined their counterparts to mark the International Women’s Day.
The UN set aside the day for the womenfolk to underscore their relevance in virtually all spheres of human endeavour.
The celebration has been designated to be marked annually on every March 8, in order to reflect on the achievements of women both living and dead.
They have over years used the opportunity provided by the special day, to recall the sterling contributions of past heroines like Margaret Ekpo, Janet Muokelu, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti and Indira Gandhi to the upliftment of women.
They also try to highlight the inspirational leadership by the younger generation of women.
These are the likes of the newly elected Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTA), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili and the U.S., Vice-President, Kamala Harris.
As women globally reflect on this year’s theme of the celebrations, “Choosing to Challenge’’, it behooves them to anchor it on the leverages of a free modern society to push for total liberation from the shackles of oppression heaped on them by the patriarchal society that predominantly impede their progress in many parts of the developing world, particularly in some parts of the sub-Saharan Africa.
The Director of Sandwich Programme of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Campus, Prof. Uche Obidiegwu, urged the women to participate in Nigeria’s democratic process, just as they do at their families levels.
According to Prof. Obidiegwu, there is the need for a balance in participation in governmental affairs to achieve better results as their limping participation in politics in the country has been counterproductive.
The academic suggested that National policies should clearly spell out the slots reserved for women to ensure their effective participation in the governance structure of the country.
In a message, Chairperson, Anambra State League of Women Voters and one time Anambra State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr (Mrs) Ego Uzoezie spoke against violence against the womenfolk. “There is the need for the promotion of equal rights for women in Nigeria,’’ she stressed.