Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu (the Executive Secretary/CEO of Abia State Diaspora Commission) joined Deaconess Nna Rose Urenta (the Commissioner, Abia State Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development), and Her Excellency Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, PhD to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day. The event was held at the Women Development/Skills Acquisition Center, beside Central Bank Umuahia Ogurube Layout; and the theme was “Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow – Break the bias”.
The event featured talks on how to break gender bias, emphasizing women’s empowerment as the major bias breaker. Other activities included poem renditions by distinguished women, acknowledging the disabled community. There were also testimonies from several women, acknowledging how the Nigerian Women for Projects group provided business support and helped them access loans.
In her speech, the First Lady advocated for more women participation in politics. She praised the Abia women for their resilience thus far, and encouraged them to keep striving to break gender bias. She also noted that men should be partners in this process, and she urged women to encourage the men in their lives to join the fight to end the bias.
At the close of the event, the participants joined the First Lady and other dignitaries in displaying various placards expressing solidarity for this year’s theme as well as their displeasure at the failure of the National Assembly to pass the female gender-friendly bills.