United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), in partnership with Women in Education and Leadership Development Society (WIELDS), held the United Nations International Day for Non Violence, last week, with the ROWEAD conference under the theme: “Women as Stakeholders in Peace Building: A Panacea for A More Stable Nation”.
Speaking at the event, Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, said human trafficking was a global problem silently killing and sending the nation to slavery once more despite its exposure and achievements. According to Mrs. Obaseki, without the knowledge of the extent of damage before becoming Edo First Lady, Nigerians must be proud in the technology age.
“We have millions of our citizens out there in the Western world and even other African countries working and dying as slaves in plantations just as it was in the era of slavery”, she said, adding: “It is a collective call for everyone, especially parents, to make homes comfortable and desirable to children since they are to be blamed at the end of the day”.
Earlier, the United Nations National Information Officer, Dr. Oluseyi Soremekun, had urged all actors in the country’s economy to increase women participation and incorporate gender perspectives in all peace and security projects, while adopting the principle of non-violence to express disagreement on any issue and so, shun every cultural practice that excludes women from conflict resolution and peace building.
Professor (Mrs) Gloria Elemo, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, said she did not support that women should be given unnecessary attention but they should be given the same opportunity to compete.
She said the institute had scaled down technology to accommodate women and youths as research had been conducted virtually on all the available raw materials, both in agro-based and mineral excluding oil and gas. Dr Joe Odumakin, one of the panelists at the event, advised mothers to create time for their children because the rate of violence against children, especially in the area of rape was alarming, adding that any child who grew up in violence would go into violence.
Adaobi Obioha Alex-Oni, the convener of the conference, in her welcome speech, said women must start the peace process and that if there was empowerment and there was no peaceful environment, there would be no place to exercise what women were empowered with.