By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, Reverend John Hayab, has said not every career woman that is successful should be looked down upon as engaging in immoral conduct to succeed, hence, they should be respected.
He stated this when he received a group under the auspice of Rigar Yanci International Foundation for the Less Privileged, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna on Wednesday.
The Cleric expressed dismay that when a man works and earned N1million he is parted on the back, but when a woman work harder and earned N1million, she is seen as a prostitute.
According to him, the truth is that one of the strongest forces in Nigeria is the women, but most people hide under religion and culture to deny them their rights, and often time people hinder the society from benefiting from them.
Rev. Hayab commended Rigar Yanci International Foundation for the Less Privileged for giving the women and girls priority in its programmes saying, “I’ve always said to the Church that one of the biggest challenges is how to manage those women who are either widows or divorcees.
“Sometimes we don’t give them space; we try to be so critical of them. When a man works hard and get N1million he’s a hard working person, but if a woman work hard and gets N1million, she’s a prostitute. That’s quite terrible and I don’t even know where we get that kind of psychic.
“When we are fighting for the rights of women these are the things we need to understand. Let’s remind people that there are many things we say about women that are untrue.
“You have daughters. Can you imagine that your daughter growing up tomorrow to become a good engineer and she buys a car for you and someone who do not know the efforts you put in training her, tells people that she got money to buy her father’s car because she’s a prostitute? That’s an insult. They’re not even insulting the woman, but actually insulting us, the parents.
“So when you talk about the less privilege is quite attractive because until we acknowledge that among us there are people who are not the same like us. If we recognize the less privilege people among us we will all move together.
“We lied about our love for the less privilege people. Let’s practice it. Let people see our love for the less privilege being demonstrated in practice not rhetoric, because in our speeches we’re caring for the less privilege people, where is the care and they are dying?” he queried.
The CAN Chairman assured the group of his Association’s readiness to partner with it in any of its programmes in the state.
Speaking earlier, the State Director of Rigar Yanci International Foundation for the Less Privileged, Engineer Usman Musa, said the organization is out to uplift the lives of people in the state who are mostly divorced women, widows and girls through its empowerment, skills acquisitions and entrepreneurship programmes.
He added that the organization was at the CAN office to seek partnership with the Association for betterment of women and girls in the state.
“We have trained 2000 people in Kaduna state to acquire several skills in different dimension such as tailoring service, leather work, computer operation, make-up, bed sheet making, catering services, beads making and baking, etc.
“We sincerely appreciate the good work of your Association for what you are doing tirelessly against those that don’t want peace to reign in the country to the Christian community but to the entire human race.
“We will be glad to be called upon any time to contribute our quota in building a more peaceful and conducive environment where chaos, violent and violation of human right and justice does not prevail,” the group stated.