The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedeleon urged women to support each other in the step to break the barrier of gender bias and noted that women must also ensure that they must strive to make a difference in society.
Deputy Governor made this remark and others at the 2022 Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum (NBAWF) held on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 at the Civic Centre in Lagos.
Speaking on theme of the Conference, Mrs Salako-Oyedele, noted that a hand full of notable women in society, have strived to keep the door , even after their contributions to society
“Women can do it; but what we do, we are not getting the numbers that we want
“So, we have to find a way to ensure that in any place we find ourselves, we support ourselves; that is the first step
“What we as individuals have 100 per cent control over, is “how i support the next person, or how I support other woman”; forget about what society is doing but how can you as an individual help other women,” she said
Salako-Oyedele added that once we begin to do this and we get more women to show what they can do, it is a good milestone in breaking the bias.
According to her, going by the 2022 International women’s day theme, we are called upon to imagine a gender equal world, a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination
“A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive; this is what it means not to have gender bias; we are women and nobody can take it away from us,” she said
Besides, she described women as holding the fabric of society, adding that they are also very stretegic in financial decisions even in the home.
“Women should also be allowed to derive the benefit of society: So, as individuals let us support our women,” she said
The theme of the 2022 conference is “The Invisible Hands of Gender Bias; Championing Collective Change”