“Former Chief Justice Gloria Scott wants change in stereotypes about the role of women”

Former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Scott has urged Nigerian women to work toward changing the mindset about the roles and status of women and girls in order to protect women’s rights and advancement.

Cllr. Scott representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as ‘Guest of Honor and keynote Speaker’ at the Golden Jubilee Nigerian Woman Award in Abuja on Tuesday; said the global status of women and girls is still dismal and needs collective effort to effect change.
“There are several international instruments and domestic legislations that promote and advance women’s rights, yet millions of women are still caught in the trap. The mindset has not change” Cllr. Scott explained.

She named the problems facing women globally as lack of access to education and economic opportunities as well as underrepresentation in parliament. Cllr. Scott emphasized that a solution to the problems can only be found when women collectively tackle the issues affecting them. “We need to establish mechanisms which will monitor and develop strategies, policies, programs and seek legislations to advance the rights and interests of women and girls” urged Cllr. Scott.

The former Chief Justice and Senator urged successful Nigerian women to translate their experiences into initiatives and institutional frameworks which will remove pitfalls that prevent the attainment of fair and equal treatment of women and girls. She cautioned the women that their successes would be meaningless if the gains made by women are not sustained after they leave the stage.

Cllr. Scott recommended the reform of the educational system especially the curricula, textbooks and other literature to promote gender equality. She also urged the media and movie industry to create and sustain the debate on gender equality and produce programs and movies about the lives of successful women as a means of mainstreaming gender.

Following the Keynote Address, Cllr. Scout received on behalf of President Sirleaf, ‘the Distinguished Leadership Award” in recognition of the President’s extraordinary leadership and advocacy for the rights for women and girls in Liberia, Africa and the world.

Over twenty prominent Nigerian women including Finance Minister Ngosi Onkonjo Iweala and Nigeria’s first female governor, Dame Virgy Ngosi Etiaba received awards in different categories: Legend, Icon, Leadership, Service and Achievement.

The Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Malam Yusuf Nuhu described the awards as a symbol that the recipients were capable of excelling in their chosen fields. Malam Nuhu said the awards ceremony was the FRCN way of telling the women of substance well done.
The Golden Jubilee Nigerian Woman Award was organized by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Orient Consult and Services LTD.