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Advocacy group in New York calls for equity as world celebrates International Women’s Day

Gillian Okafor

In commemoration of the International Women’s Day, the US-based Nigerian foundation Women Advocacy and Good Governance Restoration WAGR has urged all to embrace equity and create a world where women, girls can reach their full potentials.

Adding that, about 50% of the active workforce in Africa are women hence their loyalty to national and global causes must be recognized, appreciated and ultimately rewarded.

The president of the foundation, Gillian Okafor, while appreciating the overwhelming contributions of women of all ethnicities, social pedigree and nationalities, noted that the year’s theme strikes a chord.

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According to her theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” highlights the critical role that digital Innovation and technology can play in promoting gender equality around the world.

“The theme recognizes the transformative power of technology in addressing the challenges faced by women and girls, including increasing their access to education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and political participation.

“It encourages individuals and organizations to promote gender equality through innovative digital solutions and technologies, and to work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive world for all.

Okafor, while calling on all to leverage on the potential of technology in advancing gender equality disclosed that, the foundation has taken the task to push for the full implementation of the International Convention on Eradication of Discrimination against women, CEDAW; a United Nations treaty ratified by Nigeria and other state parties in Africa. And have curated strategic programs that would soon be unveiled.

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Okafor maintained that gender related injustices cannot be curbed in a day, hence individual and collective commitment to values orientation should begin from the family.

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