A gender advocate Engineer Kemi Elebute-Halle has expressed confidence that issues on gender equality would still be finally realized with constant efforts by advocates, the activists and relevant stakeholders in the country .
The gender activist who lamented challenges bedeviling the advocacy expressed optimism that with persistent knock and agility the voice of women and girl child would stand in the society.
Elebute-Halle gave the submission on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti ,capital city of Ekiti state in celebration of this year International Women’s Day .
The gender advocate who is also the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party ADP in the forthcoming June 18 governorship election in the state celebrated the strength and natural endowment of women.
Addressing newsmen at a peaceful walk she organized to commemorate the event where women groups including youth corpers, people living with disabilities girl child from some secondary schools in the state participated said
“ this is an occasion to celebrate women power , women strength, women unity, the uniqueness of women , across the nation of the world , in Nigeria especially in Ekiti state
“it’s a unique for all of us for our voice to be heard it’s a day that we celebrate the feminism in us ,the day we celebrate the uniqueness in women, we need to express ourselves to show how powerful we are , we are so powerful and the scripture recognizes it , both the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible that we are the only life that gives birth to another life’
The advocate used the occasion to also charge corp members on detribalization, urged them to take a positive step as a way of contributing their own quota to the development of the society.
‘When I was a corper in the North fourteen Years ago, I was the best , I was given the state honour award where I served I served the community very well in Adamawa state , Nigeria , I impacted life ,they made the place like a London for me, I lived large . I sold honey in the state , its one of the things they have there, I repackaged honey I gave honey of Adamawa state a face lift ,every Saturday, I moved from one village to another to pack the honey, extract it and package it for sale people were always on queue to buy the honey from me as a corp member
“ I didn’t say I was from Ekiti state, wishing things should just happen and till today, they still use my voice in Adamawa state , because of what I contributed in the state, then, fourteen years ago “ as a corper, don’t say I’m from Delta, Niger, or another state and you feel you cannot impact the world , wherever you are at the moment is your calling, make impact , you must ensure you impact life , whoever close to you at that time ,it doesn’t matter their tribe , we need to move and look beyond tribe and know your neighbor is the next one to you”.
On rejection of bill pertaining to women by the federal lawmakers – she said
“the situation would pass, we are not disappointed in our men I want to tell you they are looking at it, they are reviewing it and they would come to a reasonable conclusion I don’t want to say that our men really know we are powerful, or that they are scared of us , they are scared of us because behind a successful man there is a woman, because they know our strength , we are multi task, we are not in competition with our men , we recognize them as our head ,and we are giving them that kudos all the time , the gender bill ,its not over until its finally over , they would review it ,it would favour us ,we are not giving up on it and that is why we are here today. God will help us “.