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NGO celebrates 150 N’Delta women’s resilience

Posted: Apr 6, 2015 at 1:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anthonia Soyingbe Snr. Reporter, Lagos

For their resilience and agility, a non governmental organisation (NGO), Morgan Smart Development Foundation (MSDF), recently rolled out the drums to celebrate 150 hardworking women in the Niger Delta region.

The event, which, according to the founder, Dr. Evelyn Urhobo, is part of the activities marking the 2015 International Women Day by MSDF, was geared towards drawing attention to ravaging poverty among the women of the region.

In an opening remarks, Chairman of the event, Dr. (Mrs) Patience Ikomi, said the it is a time “to recognise the accomplishments and incredible potentials of women around the world as women and girls make up half of the world’s population, yet, they still face barriers to achieving equality and even accessing their basic right”.

Urhobo, in her welcome address, described the event as a special day set aside by the United Nations to draw attention to the plights of the women around the world. The day is also dedicated to women to know how far they have gone in gaining equality status with the men by making it happen without intimidation, discrimination and marginalisation, not only in the home but also in their work places and the political arena. According to Urhobo, “The event was to celebrate the hard working women of the Niger Delta whom in spite of the harsh realities of their existence are still eking out a living to put food on the table for their children and family. The conspiracy of silence against the poor women of the region must be addressed.’’

Meanwhile, Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Betty Efekodha, who was represented by the Director of Women Affairs, Asaba, Mrs. Faith Okpohworo, in her speech said, “Once women are well empowered with every basic rights of life then you have empowered humanity”.

Dr. Veronica Ogbuagu, former Delta State Commissioner and Proprietress, Chinkelly Group of Schools, in her lecture on the UN with the theme, ‘Make it Happen’, said it is “a wake-up call to women, a challenge to women, to take the bull by the horn”, and make things happen for the best.