By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The Plateau State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has reiterated the need for the inclusion of women in all spheres of society and advocated that their achievements be escalated through the media to serve as motivators to young people.

The State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Nene Dung said this on Wednesday when the Association commemorated this year’s International Women’s Day.

In her welcome remark, she highlighted the importance of investing in women and stressed that “Women have made their marks in different fields of endeavours, having significant achievements in areas ranging from engineering to the economy, entertainment, business, journalism, broadcasting; and others… It is our responsibility to escalate women’s issues in the media space and report all there is to report, to saturate the airwaves with relevant information about women in governance, business and every endeavour…”

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Caroline Dafur who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alex Anlong commended the role that NAWOJ is playing in society and noted that they align with the mandate of the Ministry and assured that the Ministry will not derail in carrying out its responsibilities to citizens.

In a keynote address, the Chairperson of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Commission, Mrs. Olivia Dazyam through the Commission’s Director of Programmes and Public Complaints, Gideon Poki spoke extensively on Inspiring Inclusion: Accelerating Progress and Importance of Investing in Women and discouraged stereotypes and norms that hinder women’s progress.

She noted “By inspiring inclusion, we open doors for women to explore their full potential. When women are provided with equal opportunities in education, employment, and leadership roles, they actively contribute their unique perspectives and talents to various fields. This inclusivity will not only benefit women individually but also foster innovation, collaboration and overall growth of society.

“By investing in women, we challenge these barriers and pave the way for a more inclusive and equal world. When women are given the platform and support to break free from societal expectations, they can excel in their chosen fields and inspire others to do the same. Investing in women is not just a matter of social justice, but a smart, economic decision. Studies have consistently shown that empowering women economically leads to increased productivity, higher GDP, and economic growth.

“When women are financially independent, they can contribute to household income, invest in their families’ well-being, and drive entrepreneurial ventures that create jobs and stimulate economic development. Inclusion goes beyond gender equality; it encompasses diversity in all its forms. By investing in women, we promote a more inclusive society that appreciates and embraces differences…

“Inspiring inclusion and investing in women have a profound impact on future generations. When young girls see women breaking barriers and achieving success, they are encouraged to dream big and believe in their potential. By creating role models and mentors, we empower young women to pursue their passion, overcome obstacles, and become leaders in their chosen fields…”

However, representatives of various women groups present at the event took turns to speak on the importance of investing in women and ensuring inclusion for women.

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