Sunday, 14 March 2021

IWD2021: Dr. Ayade urge women to care for themselves, lunches URWSI

Dr. Mrs Linda Ayade, wife of the Cross River State, Governor, Sir. Ben Ayade has urged women in Cross River State to watch each other's back, while supporting themselves to grow especially in difficult times such as the current pandemic ravaging the world. 

Dr. Ayade, made this known while celebrating the 2021 International Women's Day (IWD) in Calabar with the women of Cross River State, with the official mini launch of the Urban to Rural Women Support Initiative (URWSI). 

Speaking at the event which took place at Treasure Land Hotel, Ediba Road, Calabar,the Governor's wife who was represented by the President of Cross River Women Emancipation Initiative (CROWEI) and Vice Chairman, Bakassi Local Government Area, Hon. Eti-Eka Lawrentia Ita (JP) stated that the IWD is a day set aside all over the world to celebrate women adding that the theme for this year's International Women's Day which is; "Women in Leadership" Achieving an Equal Future in a Covd-19 World" is very apt, for history has records of every successful women that have distinguished themselves in leadership positions in various fields; like politics,Media, administration, arts, science, engineering, amongst others.

She urged all women to embrace the present economic and political challenges in the nation and choose to shape their lives for the better, while charging the women who are more privileged to be in leadership positions, to show love to their followers and fellow women, as they cannot lead effectively without love.

According to her, the mini launch of the Urban-Rural Women Support Initiative which is one of her projects, is a mentorship programme for she wants the urban women who are more privileged to mentor the rural women by helping them to rise and excel in life in whatever way they can.

The Governor's wife maintained that she will continue to impact positively on the lives of Cross River State women, especially the less privileged through her already established initiative (CROWEI) and encouraged all women to key into the initiative as many women have benefitted immensely through CROWEI in various ways, including political appointments, adding that, she desires to see more women being given appointments.  

Dr. Ayade admonished the women to shun all forms of vices and embrace love for one another, avoiding the 'pull her down Syndrome', while disclosing that two vulnerable women from each Local Government Area have been selected to benefit from the support initiative and that due to time constraints, they have decided to focus their attention on the southern senatorial district, after which they will replicate same in the Central and Northern Senatorial Districts respectively.  

She thanked all the women who found time to come out for the celebration and prayed God to continue to bless the women of the State.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. (Mrs.) Rita Agbo Ayim stated that the IWD is a day set aside to draw public attention to the roles of women in nation building, as well as rally support for women's rights and advancement in all facets of life. 

According to her, "as Countries and Communities start to recover from a devastating pandemic, we need immediate action to ensure that women must have the opportunity to play full roles in shaping the pivotal decisions being made as countries respond to and recover from Covid-19 pandemic", while thanking Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade and his dear wife Linda for giving Cross River State women the opportunity of serving in various capacities in the State. 

In their separate remarks, the members representing Yala 1 and 2 in the Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. (Mrs.) Regina Anyogo and Hon. (Mrs.) Cynthia Nkassi, the Chairman, Calabar South LGA, Hon. (Mrs.) Esther Bassey and her counterpart in Odukpani LGA Hon. (Mrs.) Justina Edem, the Special Adviser to the wife of the Governor on Events, Hon. Torita Odey, amongst several other women lend their voices to congratulate women on the occasion of the IWD 2021 and urged them to stand for their rights, believe in themselves, as well as celebrate their achievements as women. They encouraged the women to demonstrate love for one another and provide shoulders for others to lean on, while also thanking Dr. Ayade for being a voice to the women of CRS, which led to the inclusion of many women in the Ayade-led administration. 

Highlights at the celebration included; presentation of papers, mini launch of Urban to Rural Women Support Initiative with the presentation of cash to vulnerable women from each LGA in the south, goodwill messages, group photographs, amongst others.