The baton of leadership of the all female service club, Soroptimist International of Ikeja, was last week passed down to Mrs Omotayo Olabenjo even as Mrs Oludewa Thorpe who served between 2008-2010 bows out. The change of Insignia and Investiture ceremony which took place at the SUBEB hall of the Lagos State Universal Basic education, Mary land, Lagos, was conducted by the clubâ€™s national president, Mrs Theresa Odogwu.
The colourful ceremony, attracted professional women from various fields as well as men who came to support one of their own. Mrs Olabenjo becomes the 16th president of the club.
Speaking on the â€œChallenges of Modern Day Womenâ€, Mrs Ifueko Okauro, executive chairman, Federal Inland Revenue, represented by Mrs J.N Takon, descried the situation where todayâ€™s woman has become both a home maker and the bread winner. She said their make up as the weaker sex makes them vulnerable. She said women are not only vulnerable to violence and denied basic human rights, they are also challenged by cultural practices such as oppressive widowhood practices and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
She said if the living standard of women must be enhanced, concerted efforts must be made to address the challenges of the female gender. This she said can be achieved through gender friendly policies and the inclusion of women in budget planning and implementation.