THE COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE ONE DAY WORKSHOP ORGANIZED BY FORUM FOR WIVES OF ONDO STATE OFFICIALS (FOWOSO) IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY AND THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS TO MARK THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE BABAFUNKE AJASIN AUDITORIUM, MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS, AKURE ON THE WEDNESDAY, 7TH OF MARCH 2018.
The 2018 International Women’s Day Celebration was preceded by a Workshop organized by FOWOSO in partnership with the Office of the First Lady and the Ministry of Women Affairs on the theme “The Nigerian Women and Their Right to Inherit Property”. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Press for Progress”, a strong call to motivate and unite Women, Friends, Colleagues and Whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
The Workshop session was co-chaired by Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and Mrs. Titi Adeyemi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Affairs. The Guest Speaker, Kehinde Adegbite Esq. explained explicitly the rights of women in respect to inheritance and importance of Wills.
Some of the identified problems militating against the rights of women to inheritance include –
Social and cultural customs
Poor participation of women in governance
Poor representation in position of authority
Low awareness and misconceptions
To address these challenges, the Guest Speaker enlightened participants on the need to know and exercise their rights to inheritance. He cited series of court cases and judgments delivered in favour of female children to inherit their fathers’ property, particularly in the South-Eastern part of the country where this was not the case before. However, very little progress has been made on widows’ right to inherit their husbands’ property throughout the Southern part of the country, given the unyielding adherence to the custom of seeing wives as chartels to be inherited.
He also stressed the benefits of writing Wills to include generational wealth transfer, legacy promotion, and future protection. He highlighted proper writing of Wills as opposed to oral or video recording, signing and witnessing, and lodgment at the government probate registry as some of the constituents of a valid Will. He lamented at the non-domestication of the CEDAW which Nigeria ratified in 1985 to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women.
At the end of the Workshop session the following resolutions were made:
There is a need for the domestication of the CEDAW which was ratified in 1985 and which could only be implemented, if passed into law by an Act of the National Assembly.
There is need for increase in the number of women aspiring and contesting for elections into the legislative arm of government to fast track the domestication of women-friendly laws.
There is a need for improved participation of women in politics.
The Workshop should be introduced and organized for women in rural areas to enlighten them on their rights to inheritance.
There is a need for improved partnership between the Ministries of Justice and Women Affairs to promote gender equality in Ondo State.
H.E Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
Mrs. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet
Mrs. Titi Adeyemi
First Lady of Ondo State Commissioner for Women Affairs SSA to the Governor on