Lagos - Firsy Lady, Patience Jonathan, called for further strengthening and broadening of opportunities available to women to enable rapid national transformation.
Jonathan, who is also the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, was speaking ahead of commemorations to mark International Women's Day.
According to statement made available by her office, she further indicated that women empowerment and gender equity must be given priority in order to achieve sustainable development.
"Now is the time to listen to the voices of women, to fully engage them and to make ¬women's empowerment and gender equity a priority," she said.
International Women's Day commemorates the achievements of women and raises awareness for the social and politician equality of women around the world. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.
The 2014 edition will be held on Saturday under the theme, "Equality for Women is Progress for All."
"March 8 in every year is observed and celebrated around the world as International Women's Day. The day highlights the growth and achievements of women in the developed and developing world," Jonathan stated.
- CAJ News