Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Women Commission, is the women wing of the congress. The commission, which is currently headed, at the National level, by the Chairperson, Comrade Shaibu Afusatu, consists of women from the unions affiliated to the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC). Its role is to coordinate and encourage women participation in the activities of the Congress in particular and trade unionism in general.
Historically, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria was registered as a labour center on August 8, 2005, having gone into various transformations since 1980. Ever Since then, the union has, through its various chapters all over the country, organized and united all senior Staff Associations in Nigeria. Its aims are: promoting and safeguarding the economic and social welfare of members and preserving and extending their rights within a just and democratic society.
The activities of the commission have been a mirage in the state until the recent election, organized by the Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu-led administration and won by Comrade Nneka Nwankwo and her executive members. She has, against all odds, pulled together all working women from grade level 07, drawn from about 35 affiliate associations.
TUC, Anambra State Women Commission, has assumed the responsibility of defending and promoting the interests of women workers, while also monitoring their progress in establishing gender equality within the TUC administration in order to improve their welfare. The commission realizes the potentials of women as persons imbued with great wisdom and talents, dogged fighters, family molders, opinion shapers, strategic thinkers and innovators.
Therefore, on assumption of office, the new executive discovered that women make up 40% of the labour force and are naturally empowered with leadership ability as well as in helping to fight for the better welfare of workers, the society and the future of our children at large. They have also strived to solicit the support of the male folk, especially husbands and other family members, towards allowing women participate fully in Trade Union activities like their counterparts in advanced countries.
Significantly, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which aggravated the incidents of rape in the state, the commission organized rallies and media sensitizations on violence against women.
To mark the formal inauguration of this important arm of the Trade Union Congress, the public is invited to the event, taking place at Hilton Leisure Resort and Hotels, Awka on Thursday, July 29, 2021, by 10am. The occasion, whose theme is: Celebrating Our Great Women, shall witness Awards of Excellence to men and women who have contributed immensely to the upliftment of the female gender.
The event, which will be hosted by the State Chairman of TUC, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu, will have as Special Guest of Honour, Governor Willie Obiano, due to his commitment to the welfare of the state workforce, while his Wife, Dr Ebelechukwu Obiano, will be the Mother of the Day for ensuring that the voice of the women is heard in the state.
The event will be chaired by the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue. Guests of Honour include, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, the Head of Service, Barrister Harry Udu and the National Chairperson of TUC Nigeria, Women Commission, Comrade Shaibu Afusatu.
The event is a clarion call towards empowering women to be part of national development for the sake of our children and humanity. So, the public is invited to be a part of epoch making event.
Great TUC Women Commission – Our gender, our strength!
WRITTEN BY NNEKA NWANKWO