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Anambra First Lady' s CAFE Initiative empowers 5000 women, donate 28 houses among others

Ukp Ewa  | June 30, 2021

AWKA - Wife of the Governor of Anambra State  Dr. (Mrs.) Ebelecukwu Obiano and founder Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) NGO has held her last Mother's Summit for women in the state 

The 2021 mothers summit was held at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka with Governor's wives from Bayelsa, Osun, Oyo, Taraba and Enugu state in attendance. 

Speaking on the theme: Fighting Gender Violence in a Covid 19 - World, Mrs. Obiano said  the topic was carefully chosen to direct the minds of people to an area which has affected the quality of life of women.

She stated that government was collaborating with agencies such as European Union (EU) and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLAC)  to ensure that gender based violence was eradicated.

"Say no to actions of violence. Report cases of violence to law enforcement agencies" she said.

She reemphasized that the child's right act and violence against persons prohibition law was domesticated in the state while pleading with others states to do same.

Speaking further the governor's wife  attributed acts of violence to economic violence such as finance which made people involve in divers crimes to get money and in such process end up terribly abused.

"My NGO CAFE has done so much to ensure people get occupied. So far 5,500 persons has been trained in various skills and empowered " 

"28 free houses built in various communities which encompasses all the three senatorial districts, 22 modern toilets built in rural communities, provided free surgeries for over a 100 cleft Pilate children, 2, 255 Prosthetics limbs provided for physically challenged persons".

"Over 100 mentally challenged persons were rehabilitated, treated and reintegrated, 1, 800 persons received wheel chair from her NGO". She said as she outlined her achievements.

The Wife of the Governor popularly known as Osodieme however used the occasion to thank the women for their support all through the years while advising mothers to monitor activities of their children by ensuring they know what they were doing to curb the menace.

In her speech, the Chairperson of the Southern Governor's Wife's Forum (SGWF) and First Lady of Osun State Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola  said the emerging challenge of Corona Virus has affected women with additional impact.

According to her, United Nations fact findings revealed that women were more at the receiving end of harmful practices especially during the time of crisis such as harmful traditional practices, verbal harassment, mutilation of female body, widowhood practices, rape beating and assaulting which made women live an unfulfilled life.

Moreso, she acknowledged that mother's have a role to play in fighting the social threat of gender base violence through proper orientation of boys and girls with relevant training to enhance human dignity.

Mrs.Oyetola also commended the Governor Chief Willie Obiano  for great projects executed  which has gone a long way in enhancing the standard of living of women and families.

In his remarks, the Governorship Aspirant Prof. Chukwuma Soludo called for enabling  legislations that should protect minors and house maids  against gender based violence. 

Similarly, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy and  Town Union Matters Barr. Vera Queen Okonkwo said Gender based violence was a cankerworm ravaging lives which Mrs. Obiano has done so much through her foundation to empower vulnerable women.  She similarly called  for propagation of laws to protect women rights. 

The event featured presentation of four garri processing machine and five oil processing machine to communities. 

Match past was witnessed  by women in the 21LGA's with presentation of trophy  to Awka South emerging the best dressed LGA while  Idemili South  cling first position in match past, Nnewi South came second while Ogbaru came third.

The Governor wives present took turns to inspect and purchase farm produce ranging from yam, garri, vegetable, corn, pepper, okro, fish, local spices, abacha among other items displayed by the women.

The 2021 summit was held in Partnership with Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs headed by Hon. Lady Ndidi Mezue being the Commissioner.