Real estate firm advocates workplace gender equity

A real estate firm, Palton Morgan Holdings, has called for the promotion of gender equity in all spheres of professional endeavour.

The call was made in line with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day — Embrace Equity.

A statement by the firm noted that globally, legal restrictions have kept 2.7 billion women from accessing the same choice of jobs as men while less than 25 per cent of parliamentarians were women as of 2019.

The statement also said that one in three women experience gender-based violence and abuse.

It added that to celebrate this year’s IWD, the firm hosted an exclusive tea party in Lagos, where it invited two Amazons — a member of Palton Morgan’s board of directors, Delphine Misan-Arenyeka and a partner at Jackson, Etti & Edu, Uwa Ohiku.

Misan-Arenyeka, in her keynote speech, described equity as fairness and justice.

“Equity comes when women have found themselves; you must know who you are, what you want, and what you want to achieve.

“As women, we must be willing and prepared to develop ourselves, we must put in the work,” she noted.

She advised women to focus on their goals and understand that there were no limitations to what could be achieved, noting that “the unit of destiny is time; so, keep moving and refining yourself as you go on”.

On her part, Uwa Ohiku encouraged women to invest in themselves, as only women who were competent and qualified could seek equity.

She said, “Be prepared for opportunities to come and never hesitate to knock on doors. This is how you get invited to the table.”

The Brand Coordinator of Palton Morgan, Victoria Jaja, noted that with this year’s theme, #EmbraceEquity, women had the opportunity to listen and get inspired by other women.

According to Jaja, who gave the opening remark on behalf of the Group Managing Director of Palton Morgan Holdings, Adeyinka Adesope, embracing equity means understanding the journey required to achieve women’s equality.
“The celebration also means to deeply believe, value and seek out a difference as a necessary and positive element of life,” she said.

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