Thursday, 10 March 2022

IWD: Mrs Obiano Solicits for Passage of Gender Bill

 Ukpa Ewa | March 9, 2022 

AWKA Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Dr (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano founder Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE) has lend her voice for Passage of gender bills in the country.

Addressing a cross section of women in commemoration with this year's edition of International Women's Day (IWD) held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre Awka, Mrs. Obiano said breaking political bias was apt considering how far women has gone in making their voices heard.  

She maintained that her husband Governor Willie Obiano had surpassed the 35 percent affirmation order as about 50 percent of women were appointed in his administration.

The Governor's wife who advised women to commit themselves to break bias and simulate a society where gender equality was accepted and valued pleaded with  state house of assembly and national assembly to pass the gender constitutional bills.

" We are human being like you, we can only move forward and progress when we walk side by side. Gender has nothing to do with this, please pass the gender bill" she said stressing that women were tired of been relegated to the background.

Recalling her eventful journey over the eight years and efforts made by Anambra government to give women a voice in governance, Mrs. Obiano thanked the women for their support while soliciting same for Governor Elect, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and his Wife.

In his remarks, the member representing Nnewi South in the Anambra State House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Gender Affairs, Honourable Nonso Okafor, said that the event is not only an opportunity to celebrate women around the world, but also a platform to discuss challenges facing women especially in Nigeria where patriarchy orientation was high.

Speaking on the theme " Break the Bias -  Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow", he said it was necessary to guide against all forms of discrimination against women which was crucial in building sustainable society to protect women. 

In her speech, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs Lady Ndidi Mezue said 
International Women's Day was a day to observe how far women has progressed in the society in both politics and economics.

According to her, the day provides opportunity to review the Beijing declaration and the platform for action adopted in 1995 at the forth world women conference in China.

The Beijing platform for action has continued to recognize as the most progressive roadmap for gender equality.

Lady Mezue further decried that despite women significant contribution to economic and social development, they were dispopratetionally impacted by poverty as efforts of women were undermine due to cultural norms and systematic barrier which inhibit their full participation in leadership and key decision making processes including decisions that affect them mosttly.

" Unfortunately, the emergence of Covid -19 pandemic has worsen the poor socio-economic status of women bringing a clutch to achievement of sustainable development goal five which was achieving gender equality and women empowerment".

 In her paper presentation the state project Coordinator of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, (RoLAC) in Anambra State, Mrs Josephine Onah, said through equitable distribution of resources women can achieve a sustainable tomorrow through agriculture, structured allocation of employment opportunities at policy level , gender budgetting, creating economic opportunities and getting women engaged in the traditional ruling systems among others.

Highpoint of the event was empowerment of 134 women with start up equipment who had successfully undergone training in various skilled vocations and presentation of gifts to eight persons who were rehabilitated at Nteje Rehabilitation Home and certified mentally stable.

Rehabilitated inmate were reunited with their families (MOI)