As we celebrate Mothers’ Day today I would like to seize this golden opportunity as a GRASAG UEW Gender Commissioner to express my profound gratitude to all women for their enormous contributions to the development of society and nations.

To be candid, mothers play a critical role in our lives and nothing should stop anyone from celebrating them.

For instance, in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic battle, mothers were relentless in their efforts to combine work with caregiving and ensure safety in the home and to the human race in general.

Whilst celebrating the contributions of mothers to the development of society and nations, let us use the occasion to call on all stakeholders in the country and beyond to use the day to reflect on the plight of mothers.

Particularly in this period of global health crisis occasioned by the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

More so, there is the need to address gender equality which has bedevilled women in so many areas of life.

Female political aspirants must be supported to help bridge the gap between men and women politicians in the country.

“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development, and building good governance.”

I still believe that there is a need for more pragmatic interventions to further the cause of mothers in this part of our world.

Mothers’ Day, usually celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year or March in over 40 countries worldwide, comes with showing affection through varied ways including physical contacts like hugs and kisses, and presentation of gifts to mothers, or surprising them with different packages.

GRASAG UEW Gender Commissioner

Abiba Asoma

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