Thursday, 8 March 2018

Int'l Women's Day: See what Ayade's Wife told women in C'River State.

As the world celebrate the power,  purpose and peculiarity of women,  the wife of Cross River State Governor,  Dr. Linda Ayade was not left out as she addressed Cross River State  women today encouraging them to greater height. 

The First Lady who advised women not to settle for the backseat in whatever field they find themselves, pledged to remain a mentor whose experiences, insights and passion will motivate other women to positive action. She also pledge to fight for the rights of women and the girl-child in Cross River State.

The First Lady's speech reads in full:

MESSAGE GIVEN BY THE WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR OF CROSS RIVER STATE, HER EXCELLENCY, DR. LINDA AYADE ON THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION

Today is set aside as the International Women's Day and the theme for the year 2018 is 'Press for Progress'.

As we kick off the campaign theme for this year's celebration, I will like to reiterate some of the thoughts I have continually shared with women of Cross River State in the past two years.

We will continue to advocate for gender parity and women emancipation in Cross River State. 

We will not only celebrate womanhood on special days like this; but on a daily basis – as mothers, wives, sisters and more so in their daily contributions to the development of the society and the sustainability of mankind. On special days like this, we women, will encourage our fellow women to confront their challenges and fight for their rights. We will support them to acquire skills in order to face life. 

Women are not meant for the backseat in any area of life - be it science, politics, business or governance. This year's theme, Press for Progress, calls on trailblazing women to keep pushing forward. We should make ourselves a beacon of light so that others are encouraged to pursue their dreams rather than to wait on the other gender to do everything for us.

As we celebrate this day, I call on Cross Riverians to shun the barbaric attitude of violence against women; child marriage and the exclusion of women and widows from inheritance.

Through my NGOs, the Mediatrix Development Foundation and CROWEI, I will continue to lead advocacy campaigns to communities and to government in partnership with various organizations and good-spirited individuals. 

Because we desire an effective intervention, our programs have been designed to affect various areas of the woman's life – her health, her children and her socio-economic life. As a result, MDF organizes, supports and provides health services for women and children; we also champion advocacy programs for the rights of women and children; and, alongside CROWEI, we organize and facilitate the training and capacity building of less privileged women, linking them to finance in form of grants and soft loans.

Once again, I pledge to remain a mentor whose experiences, insights and passion will motivate other women to positive action. I pledge to fight for the rights of women and the girl-child in Cross River State.

May God bless your families.

Thank you and do have a happy International Women's Day celebration.

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