‘Support rural women to act as agent of social change’

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By Omolara Akintoye

The wife of Lagos State governor, Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has called for action to support rural women and girls to grow their capacities to respond to climate change through agricultural production, food security and natural resources management.

Speaking at this year’s International Day of Rural Women which was held today at Isheri Vocational Centre, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said the role of rural and indigenous women in their contribution to economic improvement cannot be overemphasized.

According to her, the theme for this year “Rural Women and Girls  Building  Climate Resilience” is apt considering the vital role that role that women play in climate change in our world today, in the area of food product, agriculture, food security, livestock, nutrition and thankless job of domestic care work in and out of homes.

“I therefore urged all the stakeholders to draw more attention to the needs, rights and challenges of our rural women. I can assure you that the government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the needs of our rural women are met and they continue to live meaningful and worthwhile lives” said Dr. Sanwo-Olu who was represented by the wife of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs. Taiwo Akosile.

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Rural women in the words of the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon.Mrs Cecilia Bolaji Dada represent the backbone of many communities, bit they continue to face obstacles that prevent them from realising their potentials adding that devastating climate change add to their hardship. “This year’s event, serve as a reminder that the world’s sustainable future may not be possible without paying critical attention to the needs of rural women and girls” said Dada.

In her paper titled “Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience” the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Dr. Dolapo Fasawe said rural women no doubt play and important role in the economy, for without them, the food security is threatened.

“ Transportation, mechanisation and agriculture contribute to global warming, hence while you are thinking about what to do to put food on the table by not being idle, I urge you to do all you could to overcome challenges, also ensure a safer and healthy environment” said Fasawe.

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