Over 2,000 Housewives To Participate In Abuja Women Workshop
Over 2, 000 women leaders and wives of political office holders from the 36 states of the federation, including those in the diaspora, are expected to participate in a four-day national workshop for women scheduled to hold in Abuja.
The workshop with the theme, “Women in the service of governance and as agent of change” being organised by the Centre for Gender Studies International (CGSI) is expected to be declared open by wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari.
A statement by the group’s director of media and public relations, Mrs Love Onyechere, said the workshop, which is first of its kind, will have in attendance wives of states governors; female senators; honourable members of both National and State Assemblies; deputy governors; heads of para military agencies; military officers; local government leaders; national council for women societies; women activists and other women-based organisations.
The statement said that part of the objectives of the workshop is to assist delegates understand the new challenges and expectation of their new position, and explore various roles of women as agent of change, explaining that the event will create a forum for delegates to develop and learn new skills and knowledge on leadership, communication, creative and innovative thinking.
It also explained that the workshop will create an opportunity for interaction between women leadership and other stakeholder group like Nigerian Association of Women Journalists; International Federation of Women Lawyers (Nigeria); women in education; medicine; and other organised groups.
According to the statement, the workshop will also educate delegates on ways to create employment opportunities for women; children; youths and other persons, and will expose participants to the constitution towards better understanding of their roles and responsibility, and need for amendment.
It, however, emphasised on the need for constitutional amendment in order to incorporate the functions of wives of political officeholders in the country to give them a legal backing.