In commemoration of 2022 International Women’s Day, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and other lawmakers have celebrated with all the women globally and Lagos State in particular.
Speaker Obasa noted that “This Day is an opportunity to address lacking issues, protect and improve women’s standard of living by looking inward into sectors that benefit our women who are generally victims by ensuring that their safety amongst other things is looked into”.
Speaking Under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, Hon. (Mrs.) Mojisolaoluwa Ali-Macaulay stated that the United Nations has set aside every 8th of March as International Women’s Day to celebrate and recognize the contributions of women and girls around the world.
This year’s International Women’s Day, themed “GENDER EQUALITY TODAY FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW”, aimed at acknowledging the immense contributions of women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to build a more sustainable future as well as ensuring economic and social development.
Hon. Ali-Macaulay added that contributions made by women and girls are effective and powerful while their participation and leadership role has sustained a developed economy around the world.
Lending his voice, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Majority Leader of the House, maintained that women have a unique pain threshold and are more courageous than men in terms of distress.
He, therefore, advised that Intra-gender sensitization should be encouraged by supporting female aspirants who wish to take charge in the political sector.
Speaking on the commemoration, Hon. Rotimi Olowo expressed the need to encourage women by acknowledging their greatness in the private sector, taking cognizance of their responsibility and peculiarity towards gender equality.
Hon. Obafemi Saheed noted that although Nigerian women have contributed immensely to the emancipation of economic and cultural development, they need to brace up and participate more in politics by supporting others much more than presently.
Other lawmakers, in their submission, spoke on the need to empower women to have a voice and be equal in decision-making which is essential for sustainable development.
In the same vein, Speaker Obasa had earlier at the Assembly gate received a delegation of “Purple Women” led by the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, in ensuring that the parliament creates opportunities for a certain percentage of women in politics.
The Speaker after that directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to forward an appreciation letter to the wife of the Governor, “assuring her that Lagos State House of Assembly will continue to make laws that will benefit the interest of women generally.”