Abia women praise Ikpeazu and seek more leadership positions – Guardian Woman – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
It was a celebration of women as the Abia state government recently held its first ever World Gender Equality Day.
The Office of the Governor’s Special Advisor on Gender and Political Empowerment organized the ceremony in conjunction with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development.
The event themed “Gender Equality in Unequal Political Space” was held at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Igurube Layout, Umuahia, attended by many dignitaries, especially women, across the state.
In her opening remarks, Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Deaconess Rose Nna Urenta, urged women in politics not to give up on their dreams. She hailed the governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, for bringing together women across the state and accompanying them in her husband’s development plans.
The leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lolo Christy Emenike, reaffirmed the party’s desire to bring more women into politics.
Guest speaker and Abia State Judiciary, Lady Ngozi Nwangwa commended the organizers of the event and urged women in politics to know their legal rights and not be intimidated.
“It is the constitutional right of women, regardless of their status in society, to vote and be elected. Women should know their constitutional rights and respect them. In fact, men respect women who know their rights,” she said.
In addition, PDP candidate for Bende Federal Constituency, Nnenna Ukeje Elendu, and party candidate for Umunneochi/Isikwuato Federal Constituency, Loveth Nonye Ofoegbu urged women not to give up on their political dreams no matter what. so be it.
The Governor’s Organizer and Special Advisor on Gender and Political Empowerment, Mrs. Francess Olisa-Ogbonnaya, who thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for making the event a reality, instructed women to actively participate in the decision-making process in the state by participating in active politics and not being intimidated.
According to her, women play crucial roles in the political space, given their numbers, values, contacts, personalities and social commitments. The Special Adviser called on all women and girls over the age of 18 in the state to come out in numbers to exercise their civic responsibilities by voting in the 2023 general election.
“The mistaken and delusional belief that women are supposed to take care of their homes without being actively involved in politics should be overlooked and ignored, as such allusion only aims to distract women. Women are the foundation of any decision-making process both in secular society and at large,” added Olisa-Ogbonnaya.
She further thanked the Governor for the support and opportunities given to women in Abia State, while asking him to give the chance to more women to show their God given leadership talent, describing women as naturally creative leaders.
The event also featured presentations of awards and decorations from selected women and men including Dame Victoria Akanwa who is a prominent lawmaker in the state, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Chinedum Orji and her Deputy, Ifeanyi Uchendu.