At a time Nigeria is witnessing pockets of violence and restiveness, particularly in the North Eastern part of the country, the Founder and President of Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua Foundation (ASYARF), Amb. (Dr. ) Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua, has underscored the role of women in promoting peace and development in local communities.
She spoke in her message to Nigerian rural women as part of activities marking this year’s the International Women’s Day.
The theme for 2017 women’s day was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 By 2030”.
Dr. Asabe, who celebrated the International Women’s day with rural women, quoted Leon Trotsky who said “It is true that there are no limits to masculine egotism in ordinary life. In order to change the conditions of life we must learn to see them through the eye of a woman.”
She then noted that “Women’s participation in peace processes is not optional. It is a requirement in other for a peaceful community and better development.
“Poverty, vulnerability and virulent conflicts have been the bane of communities especially in sub-Sahara Africa for several decades.
“Yet, while it has been proven that women are more peaceful than men, these champions of peaceful co-existence are barely given the opportunity to be part of conflict resolution and peace building”, she said.
The humanitarianist, observed that “For whatever reasons or mainly because of their biological differences, women are better peacemakers than men. One can thus say that to some degree, women’s economic empowerment in the Changing World of Work, is essential for achieving gender equality, realizing human rights and sustainable development.
“When governments, businesses and communities invest in empowering women in any workplace, and in eliminating inequalities, there will be physical improvement in health, participation in education and poverty reduction.
“Aligned with this recognition should be given to the role of men in family and care support, especially where this would enable women to play a stronger active role in the workforce and policy making”, Dr. Asabe said.