By Daniel Tyokua
The Association of Virtuous Women in Pilgrimage and Tourism of Nigeria (AVWOPAT.ng) has urged government at all levels to structure a system that will provide the enabling environment for women to strive better across the country and beyond.
Her Majesty Lady Chy Schwimmer, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the group, said with the over 60% of women population in the country there should be more than 35% affirmative action to give them sense of belonging.
She regretted that despite the robust ideas of women in moving the economy of the country forward, they have not been given the desired opportunity to do it, especially in the public circle.
Schwimmer who stated this after the meeting of Board of Directors (BoDs) held at the weekend in Abuja, asserted that it was high time issues of women should be taken more serious considering their contributions to nation building.
According to her, the gap for women participation in government for the years has grown wide that have to be considered by giving them the opportunity to fully participate in government.
The gender advocate, urged the federal government to empower women through entrepreneurship by making them have access to loans that will assist them contribute to the growth of economy.
Also, the female politician and business expert disclosed that, in view of repositioning women for better society, the association recently visited the Nigerian Christians Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) to deliberate on other steps that will help women in doing business, which was recommended by the vice president, professor Yemi Osinbajo, when they visited him.
She said that at the instance of the development, they association had initiated the idea of developing holy sites in the country as one of the steps to boost tourism, saying the scheme which is the first of its kind was going to benefit all Nigerians across the six geo political zones.