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Cross River Female Monarch calls for Inclusion, Equality ahead of International Women’s Day

As preparations for International Women’s Day gain momentum, Etieka Henrietta Efa Akpera, the Village Head of Akai Efa Community in Calabar, Cross River State, has highlighted the challenges faced by female traditional leaders in the region.

Henrietta Efa expressed concern over the lack of inclusion and discrimination against women in traditional leadership roles, noting instances where men exclude them from decision-making processes and opportunities solely based on gender. Despite holding positions of authority, female traditional rulers like Henrietta Efa lament the prevailing bias favoring their male counterparts, evident in the unequal distribution of resources and recognition within the community.

Addressing the disparity, Henrietta Efa noted the importance of gender inclusivity for societal balance and progress, urging the state government to prioritize the involvement of women in governance and decision-making processes, citing their significant contributions and the need for equitable representation.

Additionally, she advocated for legislative measures by the State House of Assembly aimed at empowering women and affording them greater participation in shaping policies that affect their lives and communities.

This this year’s International Women’s Day theme centers on “Inspire Inclusion,” and the United Nations theme urging to “Count Her In: Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress”.

International Women’s Day serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle against systemic inequalities faced by women worldwide, including barriers to economic empowerment, political representation, and protection from violence.

IMAGE: Punch

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