The Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has encouraged women to be bold enough to take leadership positions in the society.
The chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Susan Serekara-Nwikhana gave this charge while addressing The Coalition Of Ogoni Women, TCOOW, during a courtesy visit to her office on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Susan explained that taking up leadership positions will make them relevant in the society.
While describing women as peaceful beings, the NAWOJ Chairperson stressed that they are expected to proffer solutions on how best to achieve and sustain peace in the society.
She further charged the Ogoni women to “strategically position yourselves and be ready to take up leadership positions in Ogoni land especially now that United MOSOP Forum, UMF, is making efforts to put an end to factional MOSOP Presidents.”
Susan expressed belief that women are capable of making their children turn away from all forms of violence adding that, as mothers with special bonds with their children it’s very natural that their children will hearken to their voices.
According to her, “most of our youths today, have no one to look unto since after the death of our past heroes, Late Ken Saro Wiwa and nine others, many of them have chosen the path of violence due to failure of Ogoni leaders to live up to their expectations.”
Earlier, the Chairperson of TCOOW, Dr Patience Osarojiji, disclosed their readiness to partner with NAWOJ in amplifying the voices of women as well as demanding gender inclusion in all levels of governance from the family to community and public places.