On November 25, 2020 Imo State kicked off 16 days of activism to raise awareness on gender based violence as women across the world kickstarted the Orange Campaign which is an annual campaign to run until 10th of December.
In Owerri, the Barr. Mrs. Chioma Uzodimma, the wife of the Executive Governor of Imo State, through the Ministry of Women Affairs hosted a walk show.
The walk started from the House of Assembly and ended at Government House.
The women were received by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Placid Njoku who represented the Governor.
The Deputy Governor, while addressing the women, acknowledged that the situation of women needs to be improved drastically.
Our reporter who was on ground in an extensive interview with the SA Diaspora to the state Governor, Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert asked her why she was marching with the women.
“I am ‘on the front line’ for the next 16 Days with other dedicated women across Nigeria to fight rape, genital mutilation, forced marriage, brutalisation, outcasting of divorced women and women with no male-child, out casting of women living with disabilities & mental health issues, humiliation of widows. We will fight lack of inheritance rights and all forms of abuse against women”!
She continued, “Sadly some of those we looked up to have failed to challenge this, it’s CULTURE some say!
“Well I and my generation totally disagree and we call it GENERATIONAL GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PANDEMIC! Our goal is now to force a change, and rebuild our societies with women valued as much as their male counterparts.
“We believe that a better life for ‘the girl child’ is possible. And luckily we now have the SDG Governor, His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma who believes in gender parity, under his administration we can make advancements towards eradicating gender-based violence.”
Notable figures who took part in the event are, Deputy Governor and Wife, Speaker and Wife, Deputy Speaker, Several House Members, and Wife, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Housing, Tourism, Sports, Special Advisers on Signage, Diaspora Strategy, Skills and SA IGR’s Wife. Albertiqs Foundation and several other Foundations were ably represented too.