Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr Osita Aboloma, said women as “engines of small and medium businesses’’, were key to standardisation in the country.
Aboloma said this in Abuja at the 5th African Day of Standardisation with “The Role of Standardization in Facilitating Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women’’ as theme.
He said the role of standards in the promotion of women rights could be viewed from the context of the influence of standards on economic growth, productivity and elimination of poverty.
Aboloma said the world had become a global village and that standards played major role in ensuring product acceptability and breaking of barriers to trade.
He said there was need to inculcate in women the culture of standardisation as a way to drive the reform of the present administration in the country.
“Standards being consensus in nature is not discriminatory and so creates a level-playing ground for all and sundry.
“Women’s active participation in this process should be further encouraged. This process encourages freedom of speech, interpersonal relationships, and in fact, the right to unlimited performance in one’s endeavours.
“Human rights generally involve the right to food, shelter and clothing, among others.