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Activist Maps Strategy for Transformation of Nigerian Women

From Marcel Duru, Owerri

An activist and President Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Woman Association, Mrs. Bertha Nnenna Otunta, has mapped out strategy for women transformation in Nigeria in particular and African in general.

Speaking to newsmen on challenges facing women in Nigeria and Africa in general in Umuahia recently, she highlighted that the most important way to be an activist is speaking up, by raising voice for women’s right and gender equality adding that it is worthy of note that many of the practices against the women today were as a result of lack of information but when their voices are heard, awareness is created and problems are minimised.

Otunta who is the wife of the Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State disclosed that some of the women by virtue of their positions or educations were privileged than other women in rural societies to transform women lives in general and it would be appropriate that they support one another if they found themselves in a place that allowed then to make a real impact in other women’s life, adding that supporting women is essential to gender equality.

She projected that transforming and empowering the women could start in their own houses, much of the burden for the house hold upkeep rest on the shoulders of women, from cooking, cleaning to fetching of water and firewood or taking care of children and the elderly rest on women as a result the women have little or working hours, stressing that young girls and boys should be taught on how to be supportive at home and they will grow into responsible supportive adults.

Otunta who decried the condition of some women in the rural area also opined that education helps to eradicate ignorance, promote self awareness and access to information.

According to her, education on the other hand help to build human capacity development and is a stepping stone to empowerment and socio-economic development “So when our next generation of mothers are educated they become more aware of their problems or challenges and take drastic steps to solve them so the time is new for all of us to advocate for the education of the girl child and fight against the male preference over the female child on the area of education, in so doing we ensure that Ignorance and lack of awareness which has been the major obstacle to women empowerment and development is given a permanent solution She noted”.

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