Hundreds of women today converged at the premises of the Taraba state Ministry for Women Affairs and Child Development,Jalingo,to mark the International Women’s Day,with the theme:’Planet 50-50 by 2030;Step it Up for Gender Equality’.
The program which was organised by the Hope Afresh Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry for Women Affairs and Child Development hosted women from Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria, FOMWAN, DDI Rescue House and many other women groups as well as female government functionaries.
Speaking during the event, the Commissioner,Women Affairs and Child Development, Hon. Lois Emmanuel stated that, the day was a special one in the lives of women at global, national, state and local levels as it draws the attention of the whole world to matters affecting women on yearly basis.
According to her, the day is an “xtraordinary day dedicated to highlighting, reviewing, assessing, evaluating and celebrating the setbacks and successes of women, on issues of women empowerment,emancipation, rights and gender equality in the previous year”.
She further stated that the aim of the event is to reflect on ways to speed up the the 2030 agenda for women as well as build a momentum for the effective implementation of the new sustainable goals,adding that in Taraba,the celebration is designed to further “draw support for greater effort by government at all levels, to translate existing commitment on gender equality into practical result through holding rallies, lectures,hospital visitation” and other programs.
She also commended the Governor and his wife for their commitment and willingness to support women achieve the 35% affirmative action through the rescue agenda.
In a brief charge, the President, FOMWAN, Hajiya Maria Ibrahim called on all the women to join hands and work together as a team irrespective of tribal, religious or political differences,stressing that bitterness,hatred and foul language be done away with.
She also urged women to be burden bearers as they learn to assist those in need,especially widows and orphans,adding that women should train their children properly so that they become blessings not just to the family, but the society at large.
Corporate prayers led by various women from the various groups were offered for the leadership of the state,the nation as well as for widows and orphans. There was also a brief presentation of what a woman stands for by students from Federal Government Girls College, Jalingo.