BY PETER DURU, MAKURDI
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AHF, has pledged to partner the Wife of the Benue state Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom and her pet project, the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation to better the lot of women in the state just as it said that a lot of women who are HIV positive on their matrimonial beds.
The Advocacy and Marketing Manager of AHF, Steve Aborisa who stated this Thursday at the International Women’s Day celebrated by the foundation in Makurdi themed ‘Keeping the Promise to Women.”
He said the global event stemmed from the reality of the condition of women all over the world and the need to check the marginalization of women in all spheres of live.
“There is need to empower women to help them lead productive lives. So this effort is aimed at bring Benue women together to hear from them on the challenges they face daily.
“Their health challenges, especially in the area of HIV/AIDS because women and girls are the population that are mostly affected. Women are the people who are unable to negotiate safe sex.
“They are the people who most times are unable to take decisions regarding their reproductive rights.They must obtain permission from their husbands to access services. These have great impacts on their lives.
“In Nigeria for instance, a lot of women who are HIV positive are positive on their matrimonial beds.
“So this meeting and celebration today will avail us the opportunity of how we begin to look at these issues and we should we do as a people.
“That is why we are here today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day to look at what works for our women, how we can integrate that into the society to make our immediate environment safe, conducive and convenient to live in.
“So, we are going to do dialogue today and in doing all that, we are also partnering with the NGO and pet project of the Wife of the Benue state Governor, the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, and we shall be proffer solutions to some of the challenges.
Also speaking, the Prevention Coordinator, AHF Benue state, Amina Iyaji, said the day’s celebration would serve as an advocacy and campaign to put the plight of women on the front burner of national discuss.
She said the women participating in the programme in the state where representatives of women groups across Benue hence the outcome of the meeting would to a large extent impact positively on the generality of women in the state.
According to her, “AHF is already working in 11 local government areas of Benue state, providing cutting-edge medical services and advocacy.
“People have been hearing of the plight of women, but the time for change in the narrative of their lives is now. The time is now for women to own the totality of their lives.
“We want women to take responsibility of themselves and improve themselves. That is why we are gathered here today.
“We are also using this gathering as a point of advocacy, to speak to stakeholders to ensure positive change in the affairs of women.”