OPACTs commemorates African Women’s Day in Osun community, sensitises women on SGBV
TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Organization for Public Awareness on Child and Women Rights (OPACTs) has commemorated African Women’s Day by sensitising women in Oke-Ila community in Osun State on sexual and gender based violence.
The annual event with the theme: “Empowered Women, Empowered African” was marked by the organisation on August 2, 2023.
Some stakeholders who spoke during the well attended programme addressed the topic: “The Significance of African Women in Economic Development,” and also raised the consciousness, roles, significance and relevance of women in the economic development of their community, state and nation.
They charged the female participants to maximize their knowledge as empowered women in ending sexual and gender based violence in their space.
African Women’s Day is observed annually. It is a day set aside to recognise and affirm the role of women in advancing the social economic status of the world. It is a day to recall and affirm the relevant and significant roles of African women as well as recognizing women as key contributors in African’s growth and development.
OPACTs celebrated the day by bringing the women of Oke-Ila community to the awareness of SGBV dangers and the need for them to embrace the empowerment it brought to them and emancipate themselves economically.
The occasion was honoured by His Royal Highness, Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin Aronikeye 1, the Orangun of Oke-Ila community.
In his goodwill message, the monarch mentioned various roles women of Oke-Ila had played in the past to advance the economy of the community and the continuous roles in making the community a desired place to live in.
He mentioned poverty as a major factor affecting the desired better future his community desired, making reference to outstanding brilliant females the community had produced who couldn’t proceed to higher institutions due to lack of necessary support.
He said, “These were people I hoped would encourage other females for brighter future in Oke-Ila community.”
Oba Abolarin encouraged the participants to remain focused and persistent in their determination to bring a desired better future of their dreams to the community.
The Gender officer of OPACTs, Mrs Mercy Smith, enlightened the women on various productive activities they could get involved in that would add values to their community in order to assume and attain the position of empowered women who have voice for a move towards a gender equal society, to defend the rights of the girl child in order to bring a total eradication to the menace of sexual and gender based violence in Oke-Ila community and Osun State.
Also speaking, Barr. Ayoola Olusegun, the Executive Director of OPACTs in her closing remarks, appreciated the sponsor of the programme, Woman Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) with the support of FORD Foundation.
She finally thanked the participants for honouring the invites and making themselves available to be empowered.