Okoh Predicts 220 Years To Achieve Gender Parity

Women-Day-3The Programme Director of Partnership Initiatives in the Niger-Delta (PIND), Mr Sylvester Okoh, has noted that it would take over 220 years to achieve gender parity, particularly in the workplace and 117 years for gender equality to be achieved in companies and government establishments.

Speaking during a special programme organised by PIND to mark the International Women’s Day for women in the Niger-Delta in Asaba, Okoh admitted that while no single measure can totally arrest the critical situation of the “global gender gap index”, certain measures were important to close the gaps between women and men across four key areas of health, education, economy and politics.

He noted that in the British Council in Nigeria report of 2012, Nigeria ranked 118 of the 234 countries by the gender equality index, saying the situation demanded intensification of efforts towards bridging the gap.

The Programme Director said that the report noted that majority of women live and work in rural areas, constituting 60 to 79 per cent of the rural
workforce, which is predominantly in agriculture, with only 21 per cent of women in  non-agriculture labour force.

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