AWADEC 2022: NAWOJ Chairperson, Comrd. Ikechukwu Condemns Negligence Towards Nigerian Women’s Rights (Photos+Video)
By Charity Uwakwe
The Caretaker Committee Chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Abia State chapter, Comrd. Oluchi Lechi-Ikechukwu has decried the extant negligence meted out to the women folk in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at the International Conference Center, Umuahia, shortly after the 8th edition of Abia Women August Delegates Conference, AWADEC 2022 with the theme “Women In Abia: Engineering Development, Creating Legacies”, urged leaders at all levels to endeavour to appreciate the rich potentials of women in the society.
Comrd. Ikechukwu who congratulated women all over the world, on their massive potentials, assured that the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ) would not give up on their quests for the rights of women, as well as the less privileged
She recalled the sacrifices made by women in their various homes and places of endeavours which, according to her, have kept the wheels of their families running.h
Mrs Ikechukwu, who also congratulated Abia women and members of Abia NAWOJ on the successful events of this year’s women August conference, charged them to utilize the gains of the lectures delivered by an erudite scholar, Prof. Roseline Ndimele in transforming the society.
The Abia NAWOJ Chairperson advised women to respect their husbands while calling on husbands to always love their wives and bring up their children in the socially acceptable standard.
Earlier in her address during the AWADEC conference, the wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs Nkechi Okezie Ikpeazu identified women as agents of transformation in homes, communities and the entire society.
She listed the efforts of her pet project – Vicar Hope Foundation in fighting violence against women, widows and children.
Mrs Ikpeazu noted that through the efforts of foundation, many widows and homeless families have become home owners and been uplifted from poverty.
She further revealed that many poor patients have enjoyed free medical treatment, courtesy of her foundation.
In her keynote address, Prof. Roseline Ndimele, Prof of Linguistics, who also emphasised the theme, enjoined women to ensure they make inputs on the lives of one another.
Prof. Ndimele stressed that every political position, whatsoever occupied by women ought to be used judiciously to enhance the lives of others.
She used the medium to commend Mrs. Ikpeazu whom she described as a woman of legacy, having virtually eradicated the deadly Sickle Cell Anaemia from many homes, through her Vicar Hope Foundation.
She, therefore, urged women to emulate Mrs. Ikpeazu, whom she said would be remembered by posterity.
She, however, insisted that women could as much leave indelible marks in the lives of others on their individual capacities, noting that “you must not be in government for you to affect the lives of others. You could start from somewhere to help others. You must not be Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu or Oknojo Iweala before you can leave a legacy”, she said.