Women, known for their commitment and invaluable contributions in the home front and in the society at large have been seen as better administrators than men.
This assertion was made at the Women’s day organised by Women in Colleges of Education, (WICE), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, to commemorate the celebration of International Women’s day held at the COEASU building of the college on March 28th, 2017.
While addressing the topic “Women in Administration and Women Development” the former Deputy Provost, Dr (Mrs) B.A Adeniji defined an administrator “as a person that directs or manages, either a man or a woman”, stressing that women listen better and are more sensitive to the need and demands of their workers.
The former Deputy Provost who expressed optimism that women could secure prominent administrative positions in tertiary institutions enjoined all women to have the right qualifications such as the academic credentials and requisite experiences.
Dr (Mrs) Adeniji finally identified the need to balance work and family, difficulty in search of mentor especially at the beginning of a new assignment among others to be the challenges facing women administrators.
Speaking at the event, the Keynote speaker, Dr (Mrs) Bola Ige, who spoke on the topic “International Women’s Day in Perspective”, described the annual celebration of Women in the World as a day to celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women that has since been observed from the 19th Century.
On the need for women to take the bull by horn and getting themselves involved in matters that concern them, Dr (Mrs) Bola Ige, advised, “We should not get involved in our culture, where rape cases are overlooked, where female girls are kidnapped, where women do not die naturally but from torture from men, in politics where women are deputies and insignificant, intimidated and tagged prostitute”.
Responding to the abuse of female gender by men, the scholar declared that men should be subjected to psychological test. she went further to enjoin all women to participate in many of the events happening around the world to get back women’s rightful place so as to project them to the desired limelight.
Other topics addressed by various speakers at the event were, “The Career Woman and her Home” by Mrs F. F. Sogaolu, a former Bursar of the College and Director OVL; “The Christian Perspective of Women Development” by Dr (Mrs) T. A Olanrewaju; “The Islamic Perspective of Women Development” by Alhaja Fausat Shehu; “The Cultural Perspective of Women Development” by Mrs Joy Mbamalu, among others.
In her vote of thanks, the chairman WICE Abeokuta Chapter, DR. F.A.O Akinnusi, thanked all the speakers and made it known that the body’s membership is open to all women irrespective of their status within the college.