Mentorship crucial for closing gender inequality gaps- Experts

Nigerian women have been advised to be proactive by mentoring one another, to close inequality gaps and contribute towards national development.

This was the thrust at the sidelines of the 2022, I Am Nigeria Women Achievers Conference, with the Theme, ‘Upscaling the Role of Women in National Development’ in Abuja on Thursday.

A Gender Activist, Ms. Adaora Onyechere, said young women ought to find right mentors in their chosen goals and aspirations as it was crucial for self-development.

Onyechere said identifying, engaging and learning from mentors was an avenue for one to make his or her impact in the society.

“It is crucial for young women to seek out mentors from who they want to be like, they must identify them.

“Women who have done well in their chosen fields too can teach young women the basics and what is expected of them to thrive in their chosen career,’’she said.

She said that women should learn to balance their work and life activities as this was necessary for mental health and wellness.

Convener of the event, Mrs Semira Abubakar, said women needed to speak with one voice and understand the various challenges that posed threats to their wellbeing.

She urged women to change their mindsets by embracing womanhood and also balance all areas of their life, adding that mental health was key.

Abubakar said the event was an opportunity to celebrate women, who have made huge difference in their spheres of influence.

She said there was the need for women to support, motivate and uplift one-another politically, socially, financially and other aspects of human development.

A Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Saadatu Adamu, said poor mental health posed a huge risk to women, adding as home builders and caregivers; they must strike a balance in their daily lives.

Adamu said signs of poor mental health include; mood swings, isolation, not feeling good enough, depression, and poor eating habits.

The counselor urged women who feel depressed to seek professional help and ensure that they have good support system.

Mrs Angela Ajala, an Educationist, urged women to build emotional and mental resilience to withstand challenges in all areas of life and in the country.

She said protecting one’s mental health space was important, and women ought to find creative activities to  keep their mental health and wellness in check.

“I will advise women to practice wellness, find ways to relieve yourself off stress, drink enough water and practice deep breathing occasionally, this aids wellness.’’

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