…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Betty Akeredolu, the wife of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, emphasized the need to achieve gender equality in Nigerian politics.
During a book presentation in Ibadan, she urged women not to sit back but to actively engage in politics and decision-making, fighting for their rightful place in society.
Influences and Achievements:
Mrs. Akeredolu shared that her upbringing played a significant role in shaping her views, motivating her to surpass the achievements of her male counterparts.
She highlighted her personal journey and experiences as factors that drove her to establish impactful initiatives such as the Bemore Empowered Girls Foundation and the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials (including female appointees), known as FOWOSO.
No More Inequality:
Expressing her determination, the First Lady stressed that there should no longer be inequality in the treatment of females in Nigeria.
She called for the political system to be inclusive and accommodating of women.
Additionally, she emphasized the need to combat gender-based violence, vowing to fight against it until it is eradicated.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes:
Rejecting the notion that certain professions are reserved exclusively for male children, Mrs. Akeredolu stated that she and her initiatives have defied such claims by empowering and supporting girls who have gone on to surpass expectations and excel in various fields.
Claiming Decision-Making Power:
Mrs. Akeredolu declared that women must no longer take a back seat in decision-making processes in Nigeria.
She highlighted the undeniable fact that women are capable of reaching any height and will continue to soar to greater heights with resilience.
Betty Akeredolu’s passionate call for gender equality in Nigerian politics resonates with the need for women’s active participation, empowerment, and recognition.
Her personal experiences and initiatives serve as examples of breaking gender stereotypes and fostering an environment where women can thrive and contribute to decision-making processes in the nation.
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