GUILD FOCUS ON ENHANCING WOMEN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE REAL ESTATE SECTOR
Collaboration and Empowerment: Building a Bright Future for Women in the Building Industry
The Building Collapse Prevention Guild
(BCPG) is championing a crucial cause in the construction industry, urging professionals to unite and address barriers that hinder increased women participation and structural failures in the country. BCPG President, Sulaiman Yusuf, highlighted the need to recognize the remarkable potential of women and create an environment that empowers them to thrive.
Speaking at the event titled "Building Collapse Prevention:
Women in the Built Environment Making a Difference," organized by BCPG Kosofe Cell, Sulaiman acknowledged the undeniable progress made in women's participation but emphasized the importance of addressing lingering challenges. He called for a platform that encourages and empowers women to contribute meaningfully to the built environment.
In a rapidly evolving world, the impact of women in every sector cannot be underestimated. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, recognizing that gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a catalyst for social and economic progress. Embracing gender equality drives innovation and paves the way for a just and inclusive society.
Sulaiman stressed the significance of cultivating a society where women passionate about the built environment can break free from gender bias and reach new heights of success. Harnessing the power of diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences can lead to innovation, sustainable development, and built environments that cater to the needs and aspirations of all.
The BCPG is committed to its seven-point agenda, which includes pursuing professionalism, ensuring compliance with physical planning laws and regulations, monitoring construction and building maintenance, and engaging with governments. It also plans to establish BCPG chapters in six Nigerian states and secondary schools, conduct research, and strategize for a brighter future.
The event celebrated the achievements of women who have left an indelible mark in the male-dominated profession. Notable women recognized include the first and only female past president of the Nigeria Institute of Architects
, Olubukola Ejiwunmi; the first and only female past vice president of the Nigeria Institute of Building, Iyabode Bolarinwa; and the first female commissioner of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development in Edo State, Isoken Omo.
During a panel discussion, several women emphasized the importance of balancing a career with family life to become an icon in any profession. Upholding integrity in the real estate profession was seen as a key solution to tackling the menace of structural failures. Encouragement was given to youths to embrace professionalism while fulfilling their roles as mothers and managers of homes.
Women in the seven professional bodies of the building sector were urged to work together to ensure that standard materials are deployed in construction projects. The young generation was encouraged to work hard, improve their capacity, and be intentional in building a lasting legacy in the profession.
The Olu of Ilado Akoko Kingdom, Rotimi Ikugbayigbe, expressed concern about the unfair treatment of women in society and emphasized the need for women across all professions to work towards achieving a just and balanced society.
In conclusion, the Building Collapse Prevention Guild's call to collaborate and empower women in the building industry
is a powerful step towards a more inclusive and thriving construction sector. By recognizing the potential of women and providing them with equal opportunities, we can create a future where gender equality prevails, and the building industry flourishes with diverse perspectives and innovative solutions.