As citizens of the world marked International Women’s Day, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Special Duties, East, Ms. Ayebaekipreye Brodrick has called for greater opportunities and wider political space for women in the country and Bayelsa in particular.
Speaking with our correspondent during the International Women’s Day Celebration in Yenagoa, Ms. Brodrick commended Governor Douye Diri for appointing women into several positions of trust in his Prosperity Administration.
She said women in the state have enjoyed tremendous support from the Governor’s wives, Dr. Gloria Diri and Justice Patience Diri but wants women to close ranks and work together to empower and promote more women in the state.
The Special Duties Commissioner who celebrated women for their resourcefulness, hard work, peacefulness and productivity noted that they will not achieve their full potentials if their husbands, fathers and brothers failed to give them needed support.
According to her, only the right support and legal framework will guarantee Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, which is this year’s theme of the International Women’s Day celebration.
Describing the rejection of the Special Seats for Women Bill by the National Assembly as unfortunate, Ms. Brodrick calls for its reintroduction and passage.
She appealed to the political class and power brokers to commit themselves more to having increased women as Federal, State and Local Government lawmakers through the thirty-five percent affirmative action.
Ms. Brodrick used the medium to congratulate women and encourage them to remain resolute in the pursuit of their life goals irrespective of the prevailing gender bias environment.