By ADAKU WALTER
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria, has advocated equal opportunities for women in the logistics and transport supply chain and other sectors.
President of CILT, Mfon Usoro, stated this in her message on the sidelines of the International Women’s Day (IWD) yesterday, with the theme: Break the Bias.
She lamented that negative stereotypes and bias, which she described as both overt and unconscious against women in various forms through overt discrimination and abuse as well as subtle innuendoes, had resulted in the narrowing of prospects for growth and development of women.
She stressed that there was the need to help women realise their goals as many of them have continued to rise above prejudice by shattering various glass ceilings along the way.
Usoro said the world must not fail to acknowledge and be inspired by the progress women have made in today’s world while celebrating those who have risen to the pinnacle of their careers and those still climbing regardless of the biases.
“Gender equality, the fight against harmful stereotypes and bias is not only a female struggle. We want an equal, fair and inclusive society for all. We encourage the men who have been on the sidelines or view the struggle with amusement to join us in challenging stereotypes and breaking biases.
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“Many female members of CILT are illustrious, accomplished career women and would never have reached those heights had we placed limits on what we thought we could achieve,” she stated.
She, however, urged women to create opportunities for themselves, exploit available opportunities, as well as invest in developing and promoting the visibility of their skills.
“On behalf of the female members of CILT, Nigeria, we celebrate the strength and tenacity of women globally in the face of the many biases that we have encountered and continue to encounter simply because we are women,” she added.