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NGO pledges to advance women’s rights

04 March 2015, 08:54Peter Okolie

Awka - The Umuada Igbo Nigeria and Diaspora, an NGO, said it would embark on grassroots mobilisation/sensitisation on family planning, reproductive health rights and the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VPP) Bill.

The President-General of the association, Chief Kate Ezeofor, made the promise at the commemoration of International Women’s Day 2015 held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, on Tuesday.

She reaffirmed its determination to promote the socio-cultural, economic and political rights of women in the country.

The theme of this year’s celebration is "Make it happen", aimed at encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women globally.

According to her, Umuada Igbo represents one of the veritable tools of government in traditional Igbo setting.

"We are working on a bill which when passed and signed into law by various state governments, will enable the girl-child, mother, wife and widow to inherit their fathers’ and husbands’ property.

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"We are also planning advocacy visits, rallies and meetings to communities, villages and towns to educate women on their inheritance rights.

"We shall also educate them on the need to eliminate voter apathy, guard their loved ones against electoral violence as well as the need to embrace mechanised agriculture," Ezeofor said.

The President-General disclosed that the body planned to build hospital, diagnostic and cultural centre on 7.7 hectares donated by Omogho community in Anambra.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra advised the women to obtain their permanent voter cards and come out en mass to vote in President Goodluck Jonathan for another term in office.

"While voting President Jonathan on March 28, remember to support and vote All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates contesting the national and state assembly’s seats," Obiano said.

The governor lauded the organisation for fighting for the rights of women, urging them to use the platform to find lasting solutions to other challenges facing women.


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