By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Mrs. Martha Chioma Ibezim has called for a more gender balanced society for a better society. This is contained in her 2020 goodwill message to mothers all over the world, particularly Anglican mothers, to mark the 2020 Mothering Sunday.
Mrs. Ibezim, who is the President of Mother's Union, Women's and Girls' Guild, Province of the Niger, Anglican Communion, called for celebration of the great achievements by women all over the world, particularly women from the rural areas, to motivate others to strive for success.
Mrs. Ibezim said further that women had the capability to discover themselves and utilize their potentials in positioning for an egalitarian society, and called for women to be given the level playing ground they deserved in the scheme of things.
Mrs Ibezim encouraged women to network and support building a gender balanced society while also charging them to stand against bias and raise awareness anywhere such existed.
She advised mothers to pay adequate attention to their children and family, as such attention would not only ensure proper up-bringing of the children, but help to reduce crime and other vices in society.
She said that Mothers' roles in family building could not be over-emphasized and should not be underestimated by anyone. She therefore said women should be shown the love and appreciation they deserved from men and society at large.
Her words, 'Women and mothers perform the bulk of domestic chores, including the task of raising the children; even though fathers always take the glory of progressive children and mothers take the blame of ill performing children.
'Men are always busy; if not too busy, to attend to their children, but I know most families where mothers play back up roles for their husbands by attending to their children round the clock, showing them love, care and attention, without poisoning the minds of the children against their fathers.'
She urged mothers and future mothers to fear God and see God as the foundation in their marriage and reject everything that would bring dissolution of their marriage founded on love and God, adding that the Church had always been against rape and same sex marriage, which, according to her, was not only humiliating and condescending, but an outright sin against God.