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IWD 2023: Women Not Second Class Citizens, Ojoge Calls for Gender Equity

By Dupson Collins, 8th March, 2023

A foremost educationist who doubled as the Principal of Fiwasaye Girls’Grammar School Akure, Mrs Ojoge Omobolanle Temitope has called for gender equity, saying women are not second class citizens.

She made this disclosure while speaking with the PATH on the International Women Day celebrated across the globe. The day is an annual event set aside by the United Nations to celebrate women on the 8th of March every year. The UN theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”.

This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.

The Principal noted that being a female doesn’t make one a second class citizens or stop one’s from doing what a male can do, saying she is looking forward to the day when a female would be elected president of Nigeria.

” I am looking forward to the time when female would be Nigeria President; it is my believe that the country will change for good because women are better manager of resources, more discipline, meticulous and thorough. I want to encourage our female to continue to strive and l believe one day our voice would be heard”.

The Principal said sense of belonging and inclusiveness for women should be prioritized in the country, saying both the male and female genders were created equally by God.

While commending her husband for penning glowing tributes on her for the Day, saying his message was inspiring and encouraging, making her feel proud as a woman. ” My husband remind me of the day with his message telling me how I have been contributing to the family; I was so happy with his words of appreciation”.

She described women as the salt of the world whose presence in the life of every man is very important.”Women are just like salt without it inside the soup, it will be tasteless; that is just the value of women in the society”.

Mrs Ojoge promised to give the female students in the school the best academic and moral education that will prepare them for the future and society at large. “The major problem with students of nowadays are precious time wasted on social media but I always advise them to be focused and use their time on productive things that will benefit them”.

She added that to ensure they walk in the right paths, the school always organizes enlightenment programmes, monitor their activities, make corrections and discipline where necessary. “My students know that my number one priority is academic and discipline. I am building good leaders, wives and mother of tomorrow”.

The Principal appealed to parents to create more time for proper upbringing of their children, saying most of the parents who were tutored under strict parental care are today showing non chalantant attitude toward training their children”.

” The impact of my mother in my life, I can never forget and if all women take care of their female children like we were taken care of by our parents, Nigeria we be better today”.

” In my little corner, I will do what I am suppose to do in making sure Fiwasaye students are well tutored academically, morally and socially”.

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