On March 8, seven women received awards for humanitarian work at the celebration of this year’s International Women's Day organized by the AUN Hotel Conference Center & Spa and UN Women.
The awards recognized their achievements in empowering women in Adamawa State. The women include former President of Rotary Club, Adamawa State, Dorah Donald Alahirah; Adamawa State Coordinator for Civil Society Coalition of Poverty & Eradication, Hajia Turai Kadir; Country Director of Child Voice International, Barrister Nari Weyle; Wife of former Governor, Adamawa State, Dr. Zainab Nyako; Principal Special Assistant to Adamawa State Governor on Poverty Reduction and Alleviation, Hon. Aishatu Jimeta; Hon. Aishatu Dahiru Binani; and Mrs. Hadiza Umar.
In her talk on Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development, Mrs. Turai Kadir, exhorted men to allow their women to do what they are capable of doing whenever they express such desire.
The Atiku Center advisor on community activities urged women to continue the struggle to be given a chance to express what they are capable of doing.
“Whatever you want show him you want to do it sincerely. We should also know and believe that we shall never be equal to men. Men are in the forefront. Whatever we do with them, there should be no violence between us.”
She said a husband should encourage his wife to further her education and not restrict her to the kitchen. “When it comes to education of women, let husbands support their wives just as they can support their daughters”.
Another speaker, Ms. Alahirah, spoke on gender-based violence and urged the government to reposition itself on the fight against it. She asserted that sexual harassment is pervasive in Nigeria.
The third guest speaker for the day, Dr. Agoso Bamaiyi, spoke on the role of men in gender parity. He said treating women with respect is not only good for the women but for humanity.
The event was spiced up with different presentations such as poem recitations, songs, and dance performances by AUN students.
HR & Business Development Manager at AUN Hotel, Eyitayo Ayoola, said the event which was organized in conjunction with UN Women recognizes the role of women in ensuring the peace and progress that Northeast Nigeria is enjoying.
International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Observed annually on March 8, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa