The Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) has celebrated the 2023 International Women’s Day with the acknowledgements of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women in the State.

Speaking at the Y2023 International Women’s Day celebration event, which hosted women from the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas as well as women groups in the State, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos, the Commissioner for Women affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, stated that the theme: “Embrace Equity”, aimed at celebrating women’s achievements, by raising awareness and creating opportunities that drive gender parity.

She explained that the goal of equity is to change systemic and structural barriers that affect people’s ability to thrive, adding that Equity is a sustainable solution for addressing imbalances in social systems.

Explaining further, Dada disclosed that embracing equity means, “Ensuring that all women, regardless of their background or circumstances, have access to the same opportunities and resources. It means promoting policies and programmes that address the specific needs and concerns of marginalised women, as well as create a level playing field for all”.

“As we celebrate this International Women’s Day, let us commit ourselves to embrace equity in all that we do. Let us work towards creating a world where all women can thrive and fulfil their potential. Let us continue to advocate for gender equality even as we work towards a future where women are valued and respected as equal members of society”, she added

She pointed out that there is a need for a clarion call for gender equality in all decision-making policies, identifying factors such as equal pay and equal distribution of resources, even as emphases are being placed against all forms of idleness amongst active women within the society. It is only a woman who is self-reliant that can build a peaceful and progressive home.

The Commissioner, therefore, implored women in Lagos State, Nigeria and all over the world, to continue to celebrate International Women’s Day while availing themselves of various opportunities to become empowered and self-reliant, even as they strive to attain leadership positions in their individual careers and professions.