INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: PROF IBE Advocates Gender Equality
As the world marks the commemoration of the 2022 edition of International Women’s Day celebration, Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe, has joined other global leaders in advocating for formal adoption and open declaration of measures aimed at accelerating gender equality.
Speaking to a delegation of female members of Gregory University Uturu who were on a courtesy visit to him in observance of the event, Prof Ibe, who is a leading contender for the Abia state governorship position, promised to champion the passage of appropriate legislation geared towards supporting women affirmative action.
According to Prof Ibe, “In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, I want to join other leaders around the world in calling for formal adoption and open declaration of proactive workable policies aimed at fast-tracking gender equality. To achieve this objective, I have given prominence to issues pertaining to rights and privileges of women in my campaign manifesto. By the grace of God, we shall be further motivated by this year’s theme to strive towards achieving the desired goal of Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.
Earlier in an address, the leader of the delegation and dean of Gregory University Uturu School of Post Graduate Studies, Prof Cele Njoku, stated that women in the university had lined up series of activities to commemorate the annual event, climaxing with philanthropic visit to some indigent women and widows in the host community.
In her words. “In celebration of the 2022 edition of International Women’s Day, we the women of Gregory University Uturu will be teaming up with our colleagues worldwide in striking the #BreakTheBias pose with our arms crossed through such activities as solidarity walk, lectures and philanthropic visit to some already identified widows and indigent female folk. It is our belief that this year’s celebration will go a long way in increasing advocacy against gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping, even as we all pray for the emergence of a truly gender balanced society”.
It will be recalled that the United Nations General Assembly had in 1977 proclaimed March 8 every year as International Women’s Day, thereby mandating member states to dedicate the day to activities promoting gender equality.