A federal commissioner and former Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, has called for technology access for all Nigerian women, particularly those in the nation’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
Sulaiman, who made the call weekend in Abuja at an event to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD), which was organized by NEXIM Bank, said with exposure to technology, women in the camps who fled their communities, would be more flexible in making informed choices about their lives and those that affect their families and society.
Emphasising that there exists limitless possibilities, she stated that women must desist from adhering to negative remarks, which she said occasionally come from women themselves.
“The digital world should be embraced by everyone. Let crucial people who have access make it possible for more women to have access because once a woman has access to knowledge and she learns, she can empower her family, the society and hopefully future generations will be better.
“Women need to know that they don’t need anybody’s authorization to feel small or shroud their light. The power that lies in our hands means that the woman that knows her target, stays focused and is able to move mountain. Don’t harken to negativity. Sometimes it comes from us.
“Regardless of gender, there’s conscious effort to bridge the gap because women value their independence and resilience. When things are visualised, they’re fluently accessible and they can do better. So flexibility is crucial to women,” Sulaiman said.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of NEXIM Bank, Abubakar Bello, said due to the enormous contributions of women in the society, they should be celebrated on daily basis.
“We shouldn’t just celebrate women only on women’s day or month. Women should be celebrated every day. This year’s theme in embracing equity shouldn’t be celebrated only on women’s day, we’re talking about moving forward to the future.
“As women get more educated, they’re equipped and are able have to form opinions and take positions on issues. We need to think outside the box to accommodate additional women so that they can give in their best,” Bello said.