IWD: We’ll promote women, girl-child’s right– Gov

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

As Ondo State joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, the State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has assured that  strategic policies and structures would be put in place to promote the fundamental rights of women and the girl-child in order to protect them against any form of bias and discrimination.

The Governor further stated that his administration will continue to give priority and invest in women’s health, safety, well-being as well as combat the rising tide of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) among others.

Aiyedatiwa represented by his Deputy, Dr Olayide Adelami, made this known at the 2024 International Women’s Day held in Akure.

He noted that the day remains an important opportunity to elevate and amplify the focus on women’s advancement.

He added that it is high time women were given room to exhibit their full potential for the attainment of their economic breakthrough, access to needed health services and empowerment in order to inspire the inclusion which is the motive of this year’s theme.

He assured that his administration would continue with its deliberate investment and support for women in all possible ways to attain their full potential in all spheres of life, adding “We shall ensure equal access to all available opportunities, support women-owned businesses and break barriers that tend to impede women’s progress.

“As we gather today to celebrate this year’s Women’s Day, we are charged to reflect on the encouraging theme. Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress and the campaign theme Inspire Inclusion. The themes, no doubt, serve as a clarion call to action, charging us to critically consider the need to invest in women to achieve positive change, accelerate progress and create a more inclusive world for women.”

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Earlier in her welcome address,  Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender Matters, Mrs Olamide Falana informed that the International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to recognize and celebrate women across the globe for their remarkable contributions to the society and the world at large.

In her admonition, the Special Guest of Honour and the Iyaloja General, Chief (Mrs) Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, urged market women to help the government by not inflating prices at this critical time so as to make life easy for people.

She noted that the spirit in women should be activated in supporting homes, saying that the roles of women are numerous as the backbone of every family.

The guest lecturer, Prof. Helen Ogunsuyi who spoke on the topic, “The significance of women in current economic hardship”, said that there are natural abilities in women towards positive change, stressing that women can proffer solution, ensure accountability, intelligent and easily adaptable.

The Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, Francis Akanbiemu gave health talk on human papiloma virus vaccine at the event.

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