The wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has on Tuesday tasked educated women in the society to act as agent of change on gender related issues.
Mrs. Akeredolu made this call during a courtesy call on her by Women Association of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
The visit led by the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede was to formally offer support to the Governor’s wife and her initiatives. According to Mrs. Akeredolu educated and successful women needs to do a lot in their domain to help other women.
“I have been in the forefronts of gender related issues. We should be able to move it from classroom to the street where we can make impact on issues like child abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, health, cultural barriers, stigmatization and other related issues that could hamper the development of women.
She condemned the practice of working women living in their comfort zone without reaching out to the poor and the needy in their environment. She observed that when educated working class women reach out to other women, the cycle of poverty and ignorance will be reduced in the society.
She noted that through her Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and agriculture which she started long ago, many women have been saved from death and poverty.
She used the opportunity to highlight some of her projects such as the summer ICT programme for girls, summer renewable energy training for girls tagged “Solar 4 girls Naija”, market health visit, and N200 million crowd funding initiative to support Ondo Women with breast cancer. She urged the women of Adeyemi College to organize themselves and be impactful in their environment.
Earlier in her speech, the Registrar of the College, Mrs. Fakorede commended her initiative to raise the awareness about breast cancer through BRECAN which has won accolades and prevented many women from early deaths.
“Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) has been in the forefronts of offering unquantifiable assistance in the prevention and treatment of cancer in Nigeria. We also congratulate you over the award of cluster Advocacy change champion which you received recently”.
The Registrar used the opportunity to avail the First Lady the effort of the college in the area of gender and women development.
“In the year 2016, in a bid to achieve its vision of enhancing scholastic development, the College established the Directorate of Gender Studies and Sustainable Development. The Directorate headed by Dr. (Mrs.) Martina Onuegbu has developed eight multidisciplinary courses and programmes aimed at improving the lots of the female gender. Some of the courses are Gender and Sustainable Development Education, Sustainable Development Education Studies, Women and Gender Education, Gender, Marriage and Family Relations Education, Human Rights and Human Security Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution Education, Urban Development Education and Rural and Community Development”.
Fakorede added that the courses were targeted at contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nation for year 2030 and that the College has applied for approval of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to enable it run the courses as certificate and diploma programmes and later develop them to degree level when the College is finally upgraded to a University.
She also noted that about two weeks ago, the Directorate in collaboration with the Counselling and Human Development Centre, Division of Student Affairs and the Student Union Government joined their voices together to campaign against violence against women through a peaceful procession round the campus.
“The Directorate used the opportunity to sensitize the members of the College Community on the need to combat gender related crimes targeted at female students and staff in the institution”. She added.
In attendance at the visit are lecturers from different department, administrators and counsellors. They are: Mrs. J. O. Ogboru, Dr. (Mrs.) Martina Onuegbu, Dr. (Mrs.) M. O. Ajibade, Mrs. A. O. Tugbiyele, Mrs. C. O. Olotu, Mrs. O. A. Olatuyi, Dr. C. B. Obasoro, Mrs. O. A Olatunji, Mrs. O. B. Segun-Odidi and Mr. O. V. Omotayo