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How women can achieve equality, others by LAPO




A non-governmental organization, the Live Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) said yesterday that the quest for equality, inclusion in decision making and participation by women can only be realized when they (women) are economically empowered.

It stated that an enlightened and economically empowered woman guarantees the future of the girl-child with her access to education or skill secured.

Managing Director of LAPO, Mr Godwin Ekomosu, who stated this in Enugu during the activities to mark the 2016 International Women’s day celebration organized by the NGO, said that the organization had therefore decided to empower at least 1000 women in Enugu to enable them become financial independent.

Ekomosu, who speech was presented at the occasion by the Area Inspector, Agbani area, Mrs Udo Nkeiru, said that LAPO has continued to build the capacity of women to resist and confront obnoxious socio-cultural and traditional practices militating against their progress.

“Women were educated on health issues, causes and management of common diseases, leading to increased health consciousness and positive living amongst community members. Clients, majority of whom are women, were screened for Malaria, high blood pressure (BP), Hepatitis, Diabetes and other ailments. This intervention has improved early detection and management of common diseases”, he said.

Speaking on the choice of the theme, “Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women”, he stated that it was aimed at encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women, stressing that the organization understands that gender relations, inequalities and economic powerlessness were fundamental causes of poverty, assuring however, that LAPO had been channeling resources into processes that promotes socio-economic status of women and creating a society that
values women and their contributions to societal development.

She called on the women to take advantage of the various products offered through the LAPO micro finance bank to better their lots and prepare for their future.

In a lecture, Dr Ifechukwu Abuchi from Nike Diocese Clinic of the Anglican Communion, Enugu identified relegation of women in some jobs, education, reproductive right issues, access to medical care, inability to participate in politics as some factors militating the advancement of women.

Elaborating on the theme of the event, she stated that there was need to create opportunities that could enable women contribute to societal issues, pointing out that some obnoxious cultures and laws have not allowed women to give their best in the society.

She called for understanding among couples to enhance a relationship that could impact positively on the well-being of the family.

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