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Communique Issued at the end of the Girls Summit Organized by BEMORE

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE GIRLS’ SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY BEMORE EMPOWERED FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY OF ONDO STATE AND MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO MARK THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER, THE DOME, AKURE, ON THURSDAY, 8TH MARCH, 2018
The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to commemorate the movement for women’s rights and Liberation. The International Women’s Day is largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements with no regards to divisions, whether national, ethnic, cultural, economic or political.
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 Girls’ summit was organized to advocate for the advancement of the girl child, a move that is expected to positively impact and better position them as key players in all aspects of national development and dispel notions of gender inequality.
The event was chaired by Prof. Adenike O. Osofisan and had in attendance the First Lady of Ondo state, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu while Dr. Ndidi Ofole delivered the keynote address where she stressed the importance of respecting a woman’s right to choice of marriage as it is her fundamental right and emphasized that they must consciously know and exercise their rights in order to avoid further abuse by the men.
As part of the event was a symposium where various topics were presented as follows;
Role of Education in the development of the girl-child -Mr. Murtala Hamza
Sanitation and Menstrual Hygiene – Dr. Elizabeth Oloruntoba
War against Abuse on Girls- Mrs. Omotola Rotimi
Illegal Immigration and Modern Slavery- Mrs. Folawe Sipasi
The Rising Incidence of Teenage Pregnancy in Ondo state: The Way Out – Mr. Hamza

Some of the problems militating against the advancement of the Girl-child were identified:
* Socio-cultural customs
* Religious belief system
* Myths and Superstitions
* Poverty
* Illiteracy
* Teenage pregnancy
* Drug and Sexual abuse
* Domestic violence
* Child marriage
* Illegal migration and Child trafficking

The panel discussion on women in politics, technology, entrepreneurship and career was moderated by Mrs. Ossai Edem, other panelists include Mrs. Morenike Alaka, Mrs. Damilola Asaleye and Dr. Ndidi Ofole.

At the end of the event consensus were reached and recommendation were made as follows;

1. There is a need to fast track the process of closing up the huge gender gap by motivating all to think, act and become gender inclusive through a concerted effort to press for progress.
2. There is a need to promote the cause of women and that of the girl child by spurring them to be “BE MORE” in their dreams and aspirations.
3. There is a need to implement and enforce the provisions of the Child’s Right Act to protect every child especially the girl-child from all forms of abuse.
4. There is a need to celebrate the acts of courage and determination displayed by ordinary women who have played extraordinary roles in the society.
5. There is a need to improve on cultural orientation, promote family values and reduce poverty in a bid to address incidence and prevalence of teenage pregnancy.
6. There is a need to provide menstrual sanitary facilities in school toilets and also demystify certain myths surrounding menstruation through health education and promotion.
7. There is a need for the ratification and implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right by an act of the National Assembly to facilitate court redress by Nigerians who are victims of slavery in African countries at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Right.
8. There is a need to encourage more female students to choose career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a bid to speed up the transition of Nigeria from a developing country to a developed one.

Signed
1. H.E Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu , First Lady of Ondo State

2. Mrs. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet , Commissioner for Women Affairs.

3. Nkem Ijere, MPH, Chairperson Planning Committee, Girls’ Summit

 

 

 

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