The President of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), Engr Dr Elizabeth Jumoke Eterigho has reiterated the need for empowerment of women, saying it is an integral part and a powerful driver of sustainable socio-economic growth and development of any nation.
she said this during the 5th edition of the Nkechi Isigwe Annual Lecture (NIAL) series with the theme: “Diversity and Inclusion in the Nigerian Extractive Industries: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective.” Saturday, November 12, 2022
In her remarks, APWEN president, Elizabeth Jumoke Eterigho, explained that it was a known and accepted fact that the empowerment of a woman had a higher ripple effect not only on her family, but on the nation at large.
“Women empowerment is an integral part and a powerful driver of sustainable socioeconomic growth and development of any nation. Empowering women promotes their self-worth and confidence, enables them to make their choices, set their own agenda, gain relevant skills and encourage their right to influence social changes for themselves and others,” she said.”
Eterigho quoted the United Nation (UN) Women Empowerment Initiative, which stated that there is a two-way relationship between development and women empowerment. When a woman is adequately empowered and able to gain access to good education, livelihood, healthcare, security and political participation, they feel more secured and empowered which in turn contribute immensely to social and economic development.
She said, “It is in view of this that three widows from Umuahia, Abia State, South East Nigeria, the home town of Nkechi Isigwe, were selected for empowerment at the NIAL maiden edition of the empowerment program. The initiative is expected to enhance the economic lives of the beneficiaries namely; Onu Rosemary, Ebere Uchegbu and Odigbo Akigbo, who were all selected through the Association of Umuahia Indigenes resident in Abuja.