By Stanley Okehie
Women all over the world have been charged to put aside their doubts and place higher value on themselves in whatever position or situation they find themselves.
The National President of Standup for Women Society (SWS), Barr Deborah Ijadele-Adetona gave the charge during a familiarization visit in Imo State, Southeast, Nigeria. SWS is a women rights organization aimed at the development of Nigerian women and the society.
Speaking at the occasion which held in Owerri, Imo State capital, Barr. Ijadele-Adetona said the organization would serve as a platform to liberate, promote and enforce women’s courses in the society.
Ijadele who is also an activist pointed out that through the organization, women would get close to those skills, professions and academic endeavours in which they have the strength and interest to succeed in.
She described women as agents of change and was particular with those who made impacts on global governance, democracy, development and peace initiatives, while remarking that the strength of women in any nation could not be over-emphasized.
“The female gender always tops the list of registration of any programme, be it on population, agriculture, economy, religion, even in business, marketing and local manufacturing. Active voters are also women”, Ijadele emphasized.
The legal luminary assured of a better society if women should rise up and take responsibility on the need to make positive decisions and showcase their full potential.
Matron of the organization, Dr. Nkechi Onumajuru prayed God to give her and other appointed executive the inner strength to drive the association and ensure the founder achieves the purpose of setting up the organization.
Southeast Zonal Coordinator of the group, Barr. Vivian Ottih hailed the doggedness of Imo State Chairperson and urged women to set a good standard for themselves.
In her welcome address, Imo State Chairperson, Standup for Women Society, Liberator Odinakachi Meg Praise Iheonu thanked the national leader for taking up the onerous task of bringing Nigerian women together to demand for their rights.
She remarked that Imo State Chapter has demonstrated great commitment in the face of the numerous challenges associated with nurturing new association and pledged that members are committed to building a legacy that transcends all women organizations in Nigeria.
Whilst ensuring that they are ready to educate women, build capacity, empower and encourage the active participation of women at all levels of governance, Odinakachi was emphatic in her demands that women should freely exercise their rights without any encumbrances.
The highpoint of the occasion was the unveiling of the new executive that will pilot the affairs of the organization in Imo State for two years.
They are: Liberator Odinakachi Meg Praise Iheonu – Imo State Chairperson, Prophetess Amarachi Onuegbu – Assistant Chairperson, Ann Nwoke – Secretary, Assumpta Ukaegbu – Assistant Secretary, Chioma Ihunanya Davidson – Organizing Secretary, Nkechi Onyeukwu – Assistant Organizing Secretary.
Others are Margareth Ezeobodo – Treasurer, Ijeoma Okorie – Financial Secretary, Pet Anurunwa – Public Relations Officer, Perpetua Ekeocha – Assistant Public Relations Officer, Uche Ojukwu – Legal Adviser, Rosy Acho Chukwuemeka – Welfare Officer, Charity Wilson – Women Leader, Monica Ubochi – Social Welfare Officer and Nwady Agwatu – Assistant Social Welfare Officer.