Group urges empowerment of girl- child for sustainable development

Worldwide Organisation for Women Africa Incorporated (WOW Africa), Tuesday called for economic empowerment of girl- child. WOW Africa described girl- child as change agents for sustainable development.

The chief executive officer, WOW Africa Incorporated, Chief Mrs Carol Ugochukwu, who stated this at third edition of her annual conference held at Awka, Anambra state under the theme, ‘Building Equitable Futures: Women Capacities and Pathways’, noted that women play multi-faceted roles as caregivers, educators and entrepreneurs.

“The girl- child represents the future and promise of progress for any society. Empowering girls unleash their potentials as agents of change fostering economic growth, social stability and sustainable development,” she said.

On her part, the president, Ms Nicholeen Peck, said the organisation was working to unite men and women because they have power to nurture and make the best of the society.

The chairperson of the WOW Conversation 003 Committee, Mrs Benny Allison-Anene, stated that women needed equity and just society to thrive, but they often face obstacles, ranging from poor access to education, poor maternal health care, gender-based violence, among others.

Other speakers, including the acting vice chancellor, Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Professor Kate Omenugha, said the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Sylvia Ifemeje, and Professor Ngozi Ezenwa-Ohaeto, urged men to stop every form of discrimination against women for positive development.

Earlier, the South-east coordinator, Mrs Ethel Eruchalu, stated that the organisation was committed to pushing the frontiers of womanhood for the purpose of attaining a status where they could contribute at meaningful levels with their male counterparts towards the societal development.