The Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung has challenged Nigerian women to create an agenda that would promote gender equality and ensure its sustainability.
He gave this charge in Abuja on the sidelines of a football match tagged: “Football for Better Balance’’, organised by Fame Foundation, an NGO, as part of activities to mark the 2019 International Women‘s Day.
According to him, looking at the theme for this year’s celebration, it is pertinent that women fashion out an action plan that spells out the needs of the female gender.
He, however, said the struggle for the emancipation of the Nigerian woman was yet to begin.
“Every time women talk about affirmative action that is not an agenda; an agenda is what does the Nigerian woman want, is it the control of the economy, politics or the social system?
“These are agendas, priorities that the women should work on and not agitations. What we have now is that the women are asking for participation.
“The whole thing looks like there is absence of an agenda for the women. So with this year’s celebration, the women should develop an agenda.
“It is not, however, about participation, there should be a means of investing in that agenda and it should have a succession plan.
“That is when I will know that the women have started,’’ the minister said.
Four female football teams namely, All Stars, Team Fame, Team Nigeria Union of Teachers and Team Nigeria Union of Journalists featured in the match.
All Stars won the match with Team Fame placing second.