The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Edo State, Hon. (Mrs.) Blessing Maigida has reiterated the need for women’s rights and gender equality to be the focal point of all efforts geared towards building an egalitarian Society.The is contained in a press release from the Women Affairs Ministry on the occasion of  the International Women’s Day celebration today.
A clarion call Mrs. Maigida said, has gone out to the global community for the rights of women to be upheld more than ever before, noting that the theme of the 2015 International Women’s Day, Make It Happen: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity was apt and underscored the need for everyone to lend not just their voice, but their resources in addressing those critical areas where the empowerment of women should not be compromised.
She also remarked that the commemoration of the day would not be complete without upholding women’s achievements and without recognizing the challenges which continue to militate against their progress in socio-economic, politics and personal development.
She acknowledged the roles and contributions of the Comrade Governor of Edo State whom she said recently empowered close to 850 widows in the state with various work tools and called on individuals and corporate organizations to take a clue from such leadership trait.
Mrs. Maigida enjoined all women to continue to mobilize and support their fellow women contending for one elective position or the other in the forthcoming general elections. This, she said, would ensure that the Affirmative Process is not truncated, even as she advised the electorate to vote in only those who would bring the desired change in the nation’s economic, social and political fortunes; those who would help the growth and stability process, and work tirelessly to ensure Nigeria competes favourably on the global stage.
While wishing all women a happy International Women’s Day Celebration, she also appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace by shunning all acts of violence, including campaigns replete with hate speeches and other incisive words.
The statement added that

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