The Stand Up for Women Society (SWS) called on women to stand firm with each other in love and unity to promote good governance, peaceful coexistence and a better society.
SWS Founder and National President, Advocate Deborah Ijadele-Adetona made the call during the 2022 3-day National Conference and Summit held in Lagos State.
Women by the hundreds from all thirty-six states, including FCT, Nigeria, converged on the Pelican International Hotel, Lekki to celebrate their achievements and reflect on issues important to balancing societal obligations with marital and parental responsibilities to build a progressive country where women are allowed to take their place at the center of the stage where decisions are made.
Lawyer Deborah said once the women come together, they will be successful.
“But be careful, we are ready to cross our feet and take offense. Please do what is necessary for a better society,” she added.
The event’s keynote speakers, Professor Yemisi Adeparusi and activist Aishat Yesufu, who joined via zoom, are advocating for women to start playing an active role in their homes and in politics.
Prof. Yemisi Adeparusi, urged women to always make themselves available for training and retraining if they are to contribute positively to nation building.
“Everything we learn is for us, even with you, there are things you learn; perseverance, endurance, cooperation, unity, togetherness and love. We need it. Women, let us unite, God will help us,” she said.
Professor Adeparusi encouraged women to build on these elements to build a better society.
Renowned activist, Aishat Yesufu called on women to participate in governance and that women who stay behind and allow others to make all the decisions will get nowhere.
Yesufu said countries where women actively participate in governance are the ones that are doing well.
“The era of Aso-Ebi should be over, we should also seek our financial independence. We should also buy properties and own land. When our husbands give land to their sons, we too should have land and properties that we give to our daughters,” she said.
Regarding peacemaking and conflict prevention, Aishat said that women have not played many roles and as such called on them to focus on conflict management, its prevention and resolution, which are peacemaking processes that will ensure peaceful coexistence in society.
Aishat Yesufu added that education should be paramount, especially for girls. She encouraged women to go beyond singing and praising politicians to sit among decision makers where their voices would be heard.
Another who spoke is the founder of the first nursing home, Barr. Hauwa Umar Jibril. She called on Nigerians to support her advocacy for an age-friendly environment in the country, Nigeria.
Rod. Hauwa said, “This house of mine is supposed to take care of the elderly. I found out in the northern part of our country, our tradition and religion doesn’t allow old people to leave their homes, times have changed, there’s so much urbanization and migration, people don’t stay with this set of people and they end up living a lonely life until death”
This is why I seek more participation and support from women across the country to join me in caring for the elders in our society.”
Rod. Hauwa called on well-meaning Nigerians to help the elderly to live happily on earth to stop old age sickness and sudden death.
To spice up the event, there was the cocktail party, followed by dinner and an awards night that celebrated the men and women who, through their struggles, put smiles on less privileged faces with their empowerment programs.
Among those who have received awards for their outstanding performance and outstanding leadership styles in their various areas of work is Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, Barr. Hauwa Umar Jibrin, Dr. Ntufam Oscar Ofuka, Pastor Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, all SWS Vice Presidents, Zone Coordinators and five outstanding Presidents across the States.
The SWS is an advocate for women’s rights and total development, building confidence to qualify women to participate in the public affairs of society and to project and plan the world of women in our society as active actors in building of an enabling environment for all.
It was first launched in Akure on November 19, 2018.