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Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode

Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has reiterated the State government’s resolve not relent in its efforts at improving the fortunes of women regardless of social, political or religious affiliations.

Mrs. Ambode, who spoke in Oregun, Ikeja at the 2017 Women and P0verty Alleviation (WAPA) Connect Conference themed, “Fostering Domestic Harmony Through Multi-Perspective Analysis & Graphic Display Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century”, said the State government believed that women must galvanize all efforts towards accelerating economic empowerment, stressing that all hands must be on deck towards achieving gender equality and inclusive governance.

According to her, “The State Government has embarked on different initiatives to ensure financial independence for women, which is critical to taking charge of their own lives”.
She disclosed further that the State Government, through the Ministry of Wealth Creation, had set up the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to promote entrepreneurial activities powered by young persons, adding the first phase of funds disbursement has been implemented.
Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode
Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode
She noted that the State firmly believed that women’s economic empowerment was crucial to poverty alleviation and domestic harmony, hence the need for interventions to address issues of women across the State.

Bolanle urged participants to pay attention, as information that would be provided at the conference, would greatly assist women to take steps, and speak out towards eliminating domestic violence and gender-based discrimination in the society.
Also speaking at the event, the Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule affirmed the State government's resolve to eradicate gender-based violence across the State and assured that various steps are being taken to sustain the war against the illicit act.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande noted that the conference was meant to project the evil effects of domestic violence on women and children, as well as teach the women strategies for safeguarding themselves and getting help in event of an occurrence.
Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode
Women issues will always be priority - Bolanle Ambode
According to her, “Research has shown that witnessing family violence in childhood is associated with a greater likelihood that sons and daughters will be either perpetrators or victims of violence. These findings reinforce the message that violence is a learned behaviour and the inter-generational transmission of violence is an injurious cost to society, the economy and our moral fabric”.

She said the Ministry had taken critical steps and made interventions towards ending gender-based violence, including organising enlightenment programmes, marital dispute mediation, assistance to and rehabilitation of battered women and empowerment, among others.

Dignitaries in attendance at the event included many prominent women politicians, entrepreneurs and top public servants.


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