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Our administration will continue to tackle women discrimination, inequalities – Ikpeazu

Our administration will continue to tackle women discrimination, inequalities – Ikpeazu

Okezie Ikpeazu, the Governor of Abia state has said that the present administration will continue to encourage, empower and support Abia Women to tackle inequalities, discrimination and gender based violence among others in the society.

Governor Ikpeazu, who stated this during the 7th Annual Women’s August Delegates Conference (AWADEC) held at the International Conference Center, Government station layout, Umuahia expressed delight that the event provides a unique opportunity for Abia women to mutually and convivially interact with one another and brainstorm on how to fashion out modalities and contribute to all efforts aimed at the common good of Abia womenfolk.

He was represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu.

He charged Abia women to remain to live up to their responsibilities by doing their best especially in promoting gender- balance, inclusivity and reminding every woman that they are valuable, powerful and deserving of every opportunity they wish to pursue in line with this year’s theme, “Choose To Challenge” initiative which he described as a wake up call that underscores the need and importance of women collectivism in purpose and action against gender bias.

Ikpeazu expressed delight that AWADEC since its inception has remained a platform that brings together Abia women under one roof to discuss critical issues affecting the future of womanhood and a movement that is creating a paridigm shift and making women at the community and group levels to seek self-realization to become empowered psychologically, socially and economically and appreciated his wife, Nkechi lkpeazu for her outstanding efforts and examplary leadership at championing the cause of womanhood.

In her address, the wife of the Governor and converner, Mrs Nkechi lkpeazu said AWADEC apart from enriching lives directly by empowering women the last six years, have also instituted a revolving zero-interest loan scheme which have been adjudged successful.

Mrs lkpeazu disclosed that the office have also developed a Gender Based Violence Resource Center where ideas, strategies and actions are developed to combat GBV, while a sexual Assault Referral Center will soon be opened in the State and thanked the Resource Persons and all for making this year’s event a successful one.

Speaking on behalf of Abia Representatives at the National Assembly, Chief Uzoma Abonta while congratulating Abia women on their annual August Meeting described the central theme as one that will sharpen them to understand better ways of confronting life challenges and promised to always partner women in the State to enable them excel.

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