Ekiti Women Showcase Agri-food Heritage To Mark International Women’s Day

March 15, 2023

…as Governor’s wife advocates gender equality, and justice for women.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment programs will continue to be given priority in Ekiti State itpromote fairness, and justice, wife of Ekiti State Governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji has said.

Speaking at the 2023 edition of the International Women’s Day, held in Ado Ekiti, Dr. Oyebanji said there were still much ground to cover in the area of gender inequality and equity.

The first lady, who recalled that
women’s activism for equality had in time past been driven by oppression, called on stakeholders to give the female folks the necessary support that would enable them excel.

She admitted that this year’s theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality,” emphasized the need to empower women and girls around the world through the use of technology and education.

“In this digital age, women and girls must not be left out in digital education as government is committed to ensuring that women have equal access to opportunities in all aspects of human endeavors, particularly in education, politics, and socio-economic participation, resulting in a more gender-balanced, diverse, and inclusive society” sushe added.

The First Lady said Ekiti State Government had given the welfare of women a top priority in its seven-point agenda, noting that it would continue to be given consideration in its developmental plans.

Dr. Oyebanji also used the occasion to encourage Ekiti women to support and vote candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the State House of Assembly election on Saturday to enhance good governance and add a voice towards advocacy for better opportunities for women.

In her goodwill message, the State Deputy Governor, Chief Monisade Afuye urged women most especially those engaging in business activities to pay more attention to digital economy so as to compete favorably with their counterpart globally.

Also, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Abibat Adubiaro advocated equitable society where women would have equal rights in all ramifications with their male counterparts.

In their remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Trade and Industry, Mrs Tayo Adeola and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Sola Adeluyi, encouraged women to embrace digital banking due to the current economy and financial restructuring embarked upon by the Federal Government especially in the area of cashless policy.

They announced that the state government had concluded arrangements to create digital portal to market agricultural produce of the state across the world.

Last modified: March 15, 2023

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