Stakeholders Dialogue on Women Development

By Ethel Timi-Johnson

Stakeholders, experts gathered at the University of Port Harcourt to discuss issues bordering on women development and empowerment at the 4th edition of the Being a Woman Workshop organised by the Emily God's Presence project.

Convener of the Workshop and a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Dr Emily God's Presence described the Workshop as a platform for women to converge and share their experiences and success stories as a way of challenging others to contribute to human and social development. "As a Fulbright Grantee, I have been able to give back through the Being a Woman Workshop. The aim of this year's edition is to seek ways to achieve gender equilibrium as a way of reducing gender-based violence and encourage peaceful cohesion of both genders in the society", she said.

Speaking on the theme of the Workshop: Gender, Family and a Responsible Society, President of the University of Port Harcourt Women Association (UPWA) and Wife of the Vice Chancellor, Dr Udeme Georgewill, disclosed that traditional roles assigned to both sexes have affected the society over the years. "There is a mental shift towards the female gender because of marginalization over the years, occasioned by such factors as culture. Females have been relegated to the background for a long time but with education, awareness programmes and others, things have started to change for women", she remarked.

In her opening remarks, representative of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr Faith Ken-Aminikpo who commended the Convener for organising the Workshop aimed at deliberating on gender issues for the development of the society, stressed the need to achieve a responsible society. She expressed the gratitude of the Department for hosting the Workshop. The Workshop featured a roundtable discussion and presentations by Dr Enighe Ugboma of the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Dr Samson Nitonye of the Rivers State University.

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