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International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017

The 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD) was hosted by the Justice, Development and Peace Centre (JDPC) Archdiocese of Lagos, in collaboration with the Confraternity of Christian Mothers (CCM), St. Dominic Catholic Church, Yaba, Lagos. The conference was part of the Sustainable Development Goals organized to educate participants on the significant role of women in the society. The accomplishments, challenges and prospects of women today were discussed and helpful suggestions were given to participants.

          The global theme of the 2017 IWD was: ‘WOMEN IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF WORK: PLANET 50-50 BY 2030’, ASKING FOR #BEBOLDFORCHANGE. This event was marked on Saturday the 11th day of March 2017 at the JDPC Secretariat Lagos. To drive home this year’s message, the organizers carefully selected and articulated relevant subthemes which were aimed at combating trafficking in persons, kidnapping and other related social malaise plaguing our society.

From more than a decade, people from around the whole world have come together to celebrate women’s day. It all started with women in New York City came on the streets to protest against long working hours and less pay. And soon other nation adopted the concept of dedicating a day to celebrate achievement of women. Since 1913, the organizers of International Women’s Day come up with a theme for the extravaganza.

In 2017, the theme of the International Women’s Day is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’, asking for #BeBoldForChange. It highlights on to call the masses or yourself to put efforts to make a more gender inclusive world. The theme focuses on UN’s 2030 agenda to achieve gender equality, empowerment and human rights of all women and releasing the true potential of women around the world. According to the UN-Women, it plans to create awareness on gender-related issues and work on its target of the 2030 agenda that also includes quality and free education, access to quality early childhood development, eliminate discrimination, harmful practices and violence against women.

The JDPC IWD program centered more on trafficking in persons, kidnapping and curbing the social menace in the society. The Keynote speaker, Mrs. Mbelede discussed on the global theme: “BE BOLD FOR CHANGE” where she stressed the need for women to stand for change and ensure this is reflected in the society at large.

The Second speaker, Mrs Funke Kolawole, who was a Representative from NAPTIP (The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons), spoke on the Topic: “THE SCORGE OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSON IN AFRICA, NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY”. She informed us about the need to kick against trafficking of women, girls and children and also help to propagate this in our various environment so as to educate the society of the danger associated with trafficking in persons and as such help to eradicate this menace in our society.

The third speaker, Prof. Sarah Oloko, spoke on the topic: “THE ACHIEVEMENT OF WOMEN IN NIGERIA”. She spoke of the achievements of women in Nigeria most especially in the Nations Polity and encouraged women to be more involved in Politics so as to ensure there is a great change in the Nation.

The fourth speaker, Mrs Chinwe Nwune spoke on the topic: “THE MENANCE OF KIDNAPPING IN NIGERIA VIS A VIS ERODING OF AFRICAN CORE VALUES”. She spoke of the hazard of trafficking in persons and anybody caught in the act will be answerable to law. She however stressed the need to uphold our African core value which is almost wearing away from our society.

The fifth speaker, Dr. Franca Atoh spoke on the Topic: “THE ROLE OF NIGERIA IN ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS”. She emphasized on the need for us to ensure that we take into cognizance the various Sustainable Development goals and ensure that they are achieved.

He last speaker, Dame Felicia Okoli spoke on the Topic: “BEING THE MOST EFFECTIVE WOMAN IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER”. She advised all the women who were present at the program to ensure that they are most effective in their various chosen career which of course would empower them more to achieve huge success in life.