The wife of Ondo State Governor and founder of the BEMORE Empowered Initiative, Arabinrin Betty Anayanwu-Akeredolu, has again underscored the importance of empowering girls, saying, it is a sure way to achieve sustainable women empowerment and combat feminized poverty.

Addressing participants at an event tagged:’Keeping Up With BEMORE Girls In The COVID-19 Era”, held at the Government House ground, Akure, Mrs. Akeredolu said there is the need to continue to encourage and empower girls as it has been proven that when you train a girl you train a nation as women turn out to be natural caregivers.

Drawing inference from a recent tweet, Mrs. Akeredolu restated that if a nation must defeat poverty, it must first defeat feminized poverty by empowering women just as she affirmed her commitment to continue to develop the girl child through BEMORE Empowered initiative.

“For the past 3 years, through my private Foundation, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF), we have strategically approached women empowerment by attempting to confront age-long patriarchy that limits the potentials of girls to aspire in life and compete favourably with their male counterparts”, she added saying through strategic method, a lot has been achieved in changing perceptions that relegate women to the background as mere second-class humans in almost every sphere of life and in training many of the girls in many diverse life enhancing themes such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), health and environment, taekwondo (self-defence), among others.

Arabinrin Akeredolu, while also expressing delight at the achievements of BEMORE girls despite the COVID-19 lockdown, said it was inspiring to hear the girls talk about birthing amazing ideas and impacting other girls in their communities. “I can confidently tell you that I am proud of my girls”, she added just as she thanked all partners, sponsors and facilitators for their efforts and commitment to empowering girls.

The programme which also featured health talk on Breast Self Examination, special Jerusalema Dance challenge presentation by BEMORE girl as welll as fund raising. It also afforded some BEMORE girls the opportunity to share experience on their innovations over time.