Veronica Pana Igube is a Legal Practitioner, member of The International Federation Of Women Lawyers (FIDA), an Advocate of Women and Girls Rights, ICT Consultant, Young and Energetic Lady doing amazingly well in the Social Enterprise Space. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on Gender Equality among others.
First, tell us your name, what you do and Organization. What do you think of Gender Equality? How can we achieve Gender Parity, owing to the fact that women obviously feel marginalized or are marginalized? It’s Gender Equality feasible? Should we be fighting for Gender Equality or Gender Equity?
My name is Igube Veronica Pana. I am a Lawyer working at Technology advisors (ICT Lawyers and Consultants)
Gender equality is simply equal opportunities for girls, boys, men and women in the different spheres. For example, education, public office, politics among others. Unfortunately, no country has achieved gender equality according to the United Nations. More needs to be done to achieve gender equality. A good starting point for Nigeria would be the passage of the Gender Equality Bill (Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill 2019) into Law.
The basic way for achieving gender parity is through education. Making education accessible to both girls and boys. Like the saying goes train a girl and you train a nation. The power of education cannot be over emphasized. Education is the key. Education is empowerment. Everyone deserves to have access to education. Making education free will go a long way to addressing the issues and bridge the gap.
Port Harcourt Google Local Guide, joins the rest of the world to celebrate those affected with “Down Syndrome” at the Otana Inclusive Centre, Alakahia, Port Harcourt. Every 21st march globally, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated.
There was a “DISABILITY SPORTS ORIENTATION” .
About Otana Inclusive Centre; it’s a special need school for the “Down Syndrome”, students with Sight challenge. It’s also an Autism centre and offer hearing aids services.
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (EDC)/GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP NETWORK (GEN) Celebrates International Women’s Day 2020.
@Zootzciti Event Arena, Port Harcourt.
9:30am, March 19th, 2020.
WELCOME ADDRESS by Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli: We are celebrating women today and we are asking for equal opportunities for women, however, we are not in competition with men, No, rather we are asking for women to be given an opportunity to establish and achieve their potentials.
RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS MARKS 2020 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY
@The Auditorium, Rivers State Ministry of Women Affairs, 13th March, 2020.
Theme: “I am Generation Equality Realizing Women’s Right”.
Present at the International Women’s Day Celebration are: The Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Women (Barr. Mrs. Uchechukwu), Directors and Staff of the Ministry, Former Permanent Secretary (Dr. Mrs. Patricia Ogbonnaya), Chairwomen and vice-Chairmen representing the Local Government Areas of Rivers State, Non-Government Organizations/Civil Society Organizations, FIDA, AWLA and the Press.
Esther Ogechika Nworgu (Miss), is a native of Umuaka-Asa, Ukwa-West L.G.A in Abia State, she is based in Port Harcourt. In a conversation with Smith Nwokocha (Port Harcourt Wakawaka Blog); she shares her story and journey as Gold Medalist.
According to her, some families don’t like their children that are physically challenged to socialized. Esther was not born crippled, she has started associating with people, before she experienced her current situation of being physically challenged. It wasn’t caused by Polio or Injection, it happened at the age of eight (8), she was not ill, rather, she just slumped and that was it till date. Her parents did the much they could to get her back to her feet, medically and through prayers, to ensure she lives. Esther was paralyzed for years before sitting down again.
EPI Celebrates Entrepreneurs celebrates success stories and the struggles behind them. Help create impact and influence. EPI Slogan: “…..Impact and Influencing Lives”!
Mrs. Mercy Bello Abu (President and Founder EPI); encouraged women to network, even when they are not told to do so in any gathering. EPI is where people from different fields of life, come together to share experiences, connect, network and especially women in business.
Ibim advised women striving in political space, she said; “The honest answer, is that, Women are the ones who suffer most before and during the elections. They are the ones who follow the aspirants to campaign, they are the ones who stay in the sun and the rain during the electioneering campaign. They are the ones who queue to vote. But when the people they suffer all these things forget to power, they quickly forget them and dish out positions to the men who stayed in a room drinking brandy under the guise of strategizing.”(In an interview with Tribune Newspaper).
Ibim exclusive quote “THAT, ULTIMATELY, THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER ARE THE LIVES WE TOUCH AND THE LOVE WE GIVE AND RECEIVE. EVERYTHING ELSE IS EPHEMERAL”.
Host: Paradigm Initiative, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Policy Alert and The Root Hub.
Supported by: Omidyar Network.
The presence of Ms. Uche Chigbo (Deputy General Manager, Special Assistant to the DG/CEO, National Identity Management Commission-NIMC-), The State Coordinator of NIMC in Akwa Ibo State, The Programme Officer of Paradigm Initiative (Mr. Adeboye Adegoke), The Legal Officer of Paradigm Initiative (Adeboro Odunlami), The Digital Inclusion Officer of Paradigm Initiative (Mr. Tosin Abolaji) among other Paradigm Initiative Staff, Policy Alert Staff, Root Hub Staff, Civil Society Organizations in the South South/South East and participants.