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.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: by Dr. Lady Doris Onyeneke (Executive Director, Mother Of Good Counsel Initiative-MOGCI-); In her address, she said the theme : “Impacting With TIE (Technology, Inclusion, and Empowerment)” of the event is timely and connects with the global theme : “I am Generation Equality : Realizing Women’s Right”, she emphasized that, “Women Empowerment”, includes; the action of equipping and allowing women to make life determining decisions. Women Empowerment sets a direct path to equality. Gender discrimination means women are secluded and it does limits Social and Economic policies and development. The persistent under development of women aids un-equality. Women needs to actively participate in Governance and Politics. Women Entrepreneurs are very important AGENT OF CHANGE. Building a Support Network for Women. “THERE IS NO LIMIT TO WHAT A WOMAN CAN ACCOMPLISH”. This is the time to Celebrate women (our gender) and transform women identity. “LET US PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON THE EDUCATION OF THE GIRL CHILD”. When a Girl Child is educated, the Society becomes better. We must partner with the Federal and State Ministry of Women Affairs including other agencies and CSOs among others to achieve the Beijing Declaration/Goals for Women.
PANEL SESSION/MICRO TALK (TIE-TECHNOLOGY, INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT):
Moderator: Mrs. Chisom Maduekwe
Miss Victoria Victor (Tech Expert): Technology has given women a voice. Women are achieving a lot through facebook courses, google certification and programmes, digital marketing and the likes. Women are making a lot difference in the Tech space and women are being encouraged to participate and earn professionally from Tech.
Mr. Patrick Uduma (MD, ICREN Services and Initiator of STANDOUT Mentorship Programme): “If women must stop fighting INEQUALITY, it will end”. But, when they keep fighting discrimination, they end promoting it. “BECOME SO VALUABLE AS A WOMAN, THAT YOU ARE NOT BORDERED ABOUT IN-DIFFERENCES”.
Q & A SESSION (Emanating from the Panel Session):
Question (A Participant): Are women equal to men?
Answer (Mr. Patrick Uduma): The fact that you are a woman, does not make you unequal. In my Organization, women and men are given same opportunity and most times, women excel more.
Gender equality is more like a goal, but socio-cultural differences has promoted gender disparity unfortunately, but as a woman, don’t go and fight with a man. Dr. Doris Onyeneke.
MORE REFLECTIVE ANSWERS AMONG OTHER QUESTIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS:
Ladies are more articulate than men, I am a man, I can tell you that. Mr. Patrick.
We need to talk to more men and enlighten them more to accept women for equal opportunities. Dr. Doris Onyeneke.
What we are fighting is generational. Our society is now changing, and beginning to realize that, is VALUE that COUNTS. Mr. Patrick Uduma.
Find a way to manage the man’s ego and you will have your way as a woman, don’t try to fight with men. Dr. Doris Onyeneke.
“STOP FIGHTING, BRING VALUES, IT WORKS LIKE MAGIC”..Mr. Patrick Uduma.
“We can’t stop the fight, except through value creation”. Mr. Patrick Uduma.
We are not better than women and women are not better than men, but it is a contributory thing. Our contribution should not make us less than who we are. It’s purely a mindset thing. Mr. Patrick Uduma.
In conclusion, the Moderator (Mrs. Chisom Maduekwe), re-emphasized; “Women don’t fight men, if you must fight, fight by adding VALUES” and Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli wrapped it up by saying “COLLABORATION is key in achieving equality. Let women come to the space of men with humility.