Written by on March 9, 2021

The Rivers State Chapter of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has called for gender equality between Men and Women in the Society.

The Association, in a statement issued to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, says it is unacceptable for any society in modern times to discriminate against women or relegate the female folk to the background either at home, office or in leadership position.

The statement jointly signed by the Chairperson, Susan Serekara- Nwikhana and Secretary, Doris Tams Morrison describes the theme for this year’s International Women Day which is “choose to challenge” as apt and urges women in Nigeria and all over the World to challenge the negative narratives that have continued to impede achievement of women emancipation in the society.

The Rivers State NAWOJ says this year’s celebration of provides yet another opportunity for women to make a deliberate choice to challenge every hurdle that hinders their growth and development.

Meanwhile, the Women Journalists have used the occasion of this year’s Women’s Day Celebrate to congratulate Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her election and resumption of office as first female Director General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, and urged other Women to emulate her sterling and enviable records.

            The Rivers State NAWOJ, however, noted that the recent downgrading headline of a Swiss Newspaper on Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s profile that a grandmother takes over WTO goes a long way to describe what women suffer in a male dominated World.

According to NAWOJ, it is sad that with all the top notch and enviable achievements and accomplishments of Dr Okonjo-Iweala in life, all the Swiss Newspaper could highlight is her grand motherhood, saying Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala should be proud to be a grandmother which is the prayer of everyone.

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