By Fredrick Okopie
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, last week said that women should take advantage of the current level of women emaciation initiatives both globally and locally. Stressing that women should involved in governance and politics, seeking political position and taking advantage of different policies of government aimed at stopping women trafficking and child abuse.
Dr. Adebule who spoke on the symposium topic: Human Rights-Personal Privileges to participants which were mostly secondary school students drawn from some Local Government Councils in the State and organised by Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiate, LAEI, a non governmental organisation with focus on violence against women and children, education for marginalised children and empowering women through androgogical education.
The Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Director General, Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, commended the Convener and Founder of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiate, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, for creating awareness to address the prevalence of abuse against women and children, also making education accessible to children plagued by disability and destitution; and the empowerment of women through formal and informal education.
She said: ‘’ Women and children are a very important part of our society and no society can thrive without making enduring policies concerning them in its programme. The Lagos State government recognises it, and this explains why the welfare of women and children is one the critical policy focus of our administration.
“The government has been focused and proactive through delibrate policies and sustained efforts to ensure fairness, equality and full rights of women and the girl child. For instance the Lagos State Public Service, Lagos State Judiciary, House of Assembly and the Executive Arm of government have experienced fair and large women representation, in such capacities as Head of Public Service, Chief Justices, Members of the State House of Assembly and as Deputy Governor just to mention a few
‘’our administration will continue to take actions and support all programmes, policies and initiatives meant to enhance gender parity, put an end to all forms of discrimination against women and ultimately guarantee the rights and privileges of women in Lagos State.”
Dr. Ama Onyerinma, the organiser of the symposium, said she was excited of the huge turn-up of participants and the platform offered great opportunities, especially for you youngsters to interact with the speakers.
She said: ‘’We are able to engage participants in discussions and share knowledge to create better awareness for students and adults. This is critical to the overall development of our country.
“Human Rights is not just a fundamental right, when violated, it creates injustice, imbalance , violence, trafficking and other numerous social ills. We have to recognize human rights. We have to recognize we are all equal and learn to live abundantly in peace and harmony. We must provide equal opportunities to be able to live to our fullest potentials, regardless of gender, religion, socio-economic status.”