Esther Cookey, the National Secretary Nigeria Union of Agriculture and Allied Employees, NUAAE, said on Monday that women should take more interest in the labour movement in order to provide the required leadership to workers unions in the country.
Mr Cookey made the call in Kaduna at a leadership workshop organized by the Kaduna State Council of NLC Women Committee.
She said the involvement of more women in labour unions and other facets of leadership would bring women issues to be included on collective bargaining tables and agreements, and ensure proper policy interventions.
According to her, it will also encourage women in all fields to push for their rights and enhance their participation in political and economic activities in the country.
Mr Cookey noted that in spite of their numerical strength, women in the country have been constrained to playing marginal roles in the nation’s scheme of things.
“The final results does not reflect the reality of the tremendous potential roles of women,” she said, adding that it was time for the women to play prominent roles in all areas of development including up leadership positions.
Ayuba Sulaiman Chairperson Kaduna state NLC, while declaring the workshop open, said gender issue is very critical to the union.
Mr Sulaiman said women challenges are vast including human right issues which has to do with inequity, gender discrimination and domestic violence among others.
According to him, there are no inhibitions to a woman becoming the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
“That is why we organized this program through women Committee to see if we can give our women more information; they say information is power, we want to empower them and upgrade their status and their participation in trade unions.”
He commended the Committee members for their focus and commitment to the labour movement and welfare of women and workers in the state.
Mather Nok, the Committee Chairperson, said the objective of the workshop is to reawaken women toward taking up leadership positions in labour unions and other areas in the country.
Mrs Nok said that the committee had been actively involved in mobilising and enlightening women across the state to appreciate their potentials and overcome all inhibitions so as to participate in all aspects of governance.
“Gone are the days for sitting at home, even when sitting at home you should do something that can help the society, because once you train a woman you have trained the nation,” she said.
Also, Stella Amako, Special Adviser to Kaduna state governor on Community Relations, assured that the government would continue to support women in the state to attain their full potentials in life.
Mrs Amako, who was the immediate past Chairperson of the state NLC women wing, commended the union for organising the workshop and stressed the need for continuous enlightenment for women to take their proper place in the society.