Sustainable development: Group preaches girl-child empowerment

Worldwide Organisation for Women Africa Incorporated (WOW Africa), Monday, urged economic empowerment of girl child, describing them as change agents for sustainable development.

The Chief Executive Officer, WOW Africa Incorporated, Chief Mrs Carol Ugochukwu, who stated this at third edition of its 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 WOW International President, Ms Nicholeen Peck, said the organisation was working to unite men and women, because according to her, they have power to nurture and make the best of the society.

Contributing, the Chairperson of the WOW Conversation 003 Committee, Mrs Benny Allison-Anene, observed 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, the State 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 Southeast Coordinator, WOW Africa, Mrs Ethel Eruchalu, explained 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.

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