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State2State in Akwa Ibom Marks International Women’s Day

State2State in Akwa Ibom Marks International Women’s Day

Insists no Society Progresses When potentials of women are underutilized

By Ekemini Simon

State2State Activity in Akwa Ibom State has joined other organisations across the globe to celebrate women and also push for increased participation of women in decision making.

The event which sought to increase women’s Participation in Governance and Public Financial Management was held in Uyo on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The event had as its theme “Women’s Participation in Decision Making: Breaking the Bias”
The  State2State team lead, Mr. Borve Paago-Imabel said giving women equal opportunity to participate in decision making is not too much to ask for.

Represented by  Dr. Iboro Nelson, the Team Lead noted that when bias against women participation in decision making is broken, the society will stand the chance to benefit since more than half of its population would now be given the opportunity to utilize its full potential.

She stated “It is not too much to ask for women to be given equal opportunity. No woman wants to be a man. Give us equal opportunity. Help us with the enabling environment to be able to grow. No environment grows when more than half of the population are not utilizing their skills and expertise that will grow the society. No one will like her daughter to be treated like how her mother was treated badly.

“Even some banks that were conservative are now nominating women as their Chief Executive Officer. Why then are women not given an opportunity in public service? What do we stand to gain or lose if women are involved?”

Nelson likened the reason behind why women often ask to be given the opportunity to the same reason behind why some marginalized states in the country keep asking to be given more opportunities.

She added “Imagine you have two hands but only deploy one hand. You can then imagine the result of your productivity. There is so much we are losing as a country.” In her Keynote Address, Dr. Idorenyin Eyo charged women on the need to take the lead and actively participate in governance. She pointed out that this was not the time for women to allow physiology make-up or societal discriminatory tendencies to limit their potential.

Implementing Partners of USAID; Breakthrough Action, CCRN, RISE Network, Epic Activity and Heartland Alliance) who shared practical experiences on Gender Bias that they encounter on the field dentified some policy issues such as the delay in the governor’s accent to the anti-stigmatization bill, lack of enforcement of HIV Workplace policy, dearth of manpower at health institution across the state, need for creation of more safe spaces for sexually violated persons and the urgent need for implementation of free services for sexually violated persons among others.

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The Implementing Partners assured that they are committed to forge a formidable partnership with State2State in addressing issues that beset the women’s access to Primary Health Care, Basic Education, WASH and participation in Governance. 

Civil Society Organisations in attendance also committed to carry out advocacies to increase women’s participation in Public Financial Management.

The event also had in attendance the Executive Secretary Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Dr Eno Attah;  Mr. Saviour Udo General Manager AK-RUWATSA;  Women Led CSOs; Traditional Leaders; Representatives of the Women Affairs; and Special Education Center amongst others.

State2State is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI).

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