The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has called on governments across board to help stop exclusion and marginalisation of women.
In a message signed by the National President of NUPENG, Williams Akporeha; and the General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale on Monday to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
The union reiterated that women deserved constitutional rights to help in the pivotal decisions, as countries respond to and recover from the Coronavirus Disease, especially with the advent of the vaccine.
According to them, choices that will affect the wellbeing of people and the planet for generations to come will, no doubt, be a responsibility women could shoulder seamlessly.
The statement read in part, “The national leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers is profoundly pleased to join all women in commemorating the International Women’s Day. In NUPENG, we strongly believe that this is the moment to uphold women’s achievements, recognise challenges and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilise all people to do their part.
“The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating actively in politics, taking leadership positions in trade unionism, law enforcement agencies, getting an education and relevant training, having a decent income, and living in societies free from fear, violence and discrimination.”
NUPENG, nevertheless, urged all hands to be on deck to break the barriers that prevent women from being part of decision-making in the society.
“To this effect, all hands must be on deck to break down the deep-seated historic, cultural, and socio-economic barriers that prevent women from taking their seat at the decision-making table, to make sure that resources and power are more equitably distributed devoid of bias. Thankfully, NUPENG is already taking an enviable lead in empowering women within our folk in a more decent and professional manner,” the statement added.
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