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Govt pledges support for women

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WIFE of Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has reaffirmed the state government’s readiness to support and address issues affecting women, especially young girls in the state.

Mrs. Obiano made the disclosure during the opening ceremony of a six- day national advocacy camp of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, held at St. Monica’s College, Ogbunike , Oyi Local Government Area.

She noted that government was determined to combat cases of forced child marriage, sexual exploitation, prostitution, trafficking, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment and forced abortions perpetrated against young girls and women.

Mrs Obiano, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Indigenous Artwork, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo , commended the association for raising its voice against violence and protecting women and young girls against abuses.

She emphasised the importance of parents making their children feel valued, safe, protected, instilling discipline, hard work and accountability in them.
Earlier in her remark, the Chief Commissioner of the Association, Maria Goretti Sule, called on government at all levels to offer more opportunities, programmes, sponsorships and positions to the girl child and women in the country.

According to her, such opportunities would instill confidence and more dignity in the girl child and women to resist oppression and violence, as well as help them attain great career, family and businesses.

‘We will be able to develop the potentials of our girls and women to make valuable contributions to the society, if we equip them to accept themselves and appreciate their gifts and abilities”.

Similarly, the traditional ruler of Ogbunike, Igwe John Umenyiora, who received members of the association, emphasised the importance of education of the girl child with emphasis on their roles in the family and nation building. He advised other organisations to join in the empowerment of the girl child financially, morally and materially.

Also speaking, the Anambra State Commissioner of the Nigerian Girl’s Guides Association, Helen Obi, said the advocacy campaign was aimed at helping girls and women to discover themselves as responsible citizens and take necessary actions to change the world.

The national advocacy camp, which had as its theme : ‘Raising Confident Girls’, was organised to treat issues such as body confidence and self-esteem, gender based violence, advocacy campaigns, entrepreneurship and leadership development, among other crucial topic

Highlight of the event was the presentation of award of excellence to the wife of the governor and other philanthropists in appreciation for their support in the fight against violence perpetuated against the girl child and women in the society, decoration of outstanding members of the association for their meritorious services in their various states and unveiling of the advocacy campaign materials.

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