By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) has stressed the need for government and relevant agencies to support women in micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), saying such efforts will help to end recession in the country and also achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN).
The national coordinator, ANWBN, Barr. Nkiru Okpala, who stated this at the National Women Business Summit and Exhibitions held in Abuja, said that strengthening the capacity of women is apt and, and a must do.
She said economically empowered women are major catalysts for development, as they usually re-invest their money in their children’s health, nutrition, and education, which in turn builds a safer and more united nation.
“Reducing gender inequality in resources and improving the status of women is thus ‘smart economics’, as noted by the former President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick.
“There are evidence to show that women’s economic activity results in better bargaining power in all their endeavors,’’ she said Consequently, she averred that more bargaining power for women not only benefits the women, but it also results in greater investments in the families, and communities, thus promoting human capital of the next generation and therefore improving the potentials for economic growth, and sustainable development.
“I am thrilled by our zeal at growing our nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Our being here today shows we have in-depth concerns over these crucial issues, it is not easy leaving our tight schedules to be here today for this August event, happening in July,’’ she added.
The High Commissioner of Canada, Christopher Thornley in his remarks said Canada supports the vision of a gender equal society.
The Envoy said Canada views women’s empowerment and full participation in leadership and decision-making processes as fundamental aspects of democratic societies that are genuinely inclusive, diverse, representative, and sustainable.
“Around the world, women face unique barriers to participation and empowerment that men do not.”
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