Participants at an ActionAid Forum charged rural women across the country to rise above ignorance, poverty and diseases to subdue gender challenges in order to achieve social and economic heights.
The charge was given at the second annual community stakeholders’ forum in Lokoja that focused on Promoting Women and Young People’s Rights through knowledge building and community organising at Osara Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi.
At the forum, Dr D’Rose Offor of Kogi House of Assembly, urged the women to develop themselves through various programmes sponsored by the ActionAid and other NGO by learning skills that would improve their economic status.
Similarly, Mrs Rachael Tokula, Director, Home Economics with the state Ministry of Agriculture, called for total liberation for women through education and economic empowerment saying: “To be ignorant is to be in darkness.”
Also, Mrs Yinka Rasaq, Director, Women Affairs in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, described women as the live wire of any society, noting they are saddled with enormous burden of family sustenance. “That is why poverty lines show on our faces”, she said.
Mrs Barikisu Ajayi, Secretary of Kogi House of Assembly standing committee on health, charged the women to ensure good healthcare for themselves and their children, while
Mrs Gift Omoniwa, Acting Executive Director of PIBCID, ActionAid Nigeria local partners said a lot achievements had been recorded in the last two years of the European Commission, EC, porgramme in the community on gender and rights issues.
Omoniwa said women in the community had now risen to the position of decision making in the community and issues of wife beating and other gender related issues had abated as survey shows.

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