Madame Manga Bessem, the Consul General of Cameroon to Nigeria, says that women have learnt to fight for their rights and to place themselves positively in various positions around the world.
Manga said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of an exhibition by Gondwana Art Colllective at the Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.
She noted that women had thrived to make themselves better in a male-dominated society.
“Women have learnt to fight for their rights and are doing well for themselves in every society they find themselves.
“In some societies that are male dominated, colour oriented and in some cases, poverty oriented; women have learnt how to effect situations positively.
“They have done a lot for themselves and they have broken so many barriers and boundaries to be accepted in so many sectors they have found themselves.
“The commitment of women around the world cannot be overemphasized and they have used the talents they have to benefit their families and the world at large,” she said.
Manga said that women at the grassroots should key into education to break boundaries, adding that acquiring education can be done through the formal and the informal ways.
“Education is extremely important for women at the grassroots level because this will expose them to different platforms and get them to various levels in life.
“This does not mean that women at the grassroots level are not doing well because there are so many of them that are self-sufficient and providing for their various families. But education is important for them to take a higher and further leap,” she added.
She urged women to see challenges as a gateway to strive to the top.
Earlier, Miss Maxie Potter, Project Manager of Gondwana Art Collective, noted that the various art works focused on the present day societal issues, adding that art works are relevant to the present happenings in the society.
“This initiative has been established for over 17 years and it is a platform that helps in showcasing the exhibitions of various artists.
“The several exhibitions on display illustrate the present-day happenings in the society such as: racism, women empowerment and several others.
“Art is a symbol of life and people must try to key into it because there are so many lessons that can be learnt through art exhibitions,” she said. (NAN)