By Jacob Mandela
In commemoration of the 2020 International Women Day (IWD), religious leaders across Delta State played a solidarity host to Team Save the Girl Child Advocacy. Save the Girl Child Advocacy is a Project Milestone of Initiative for Revolution Strategy and Development envisioned to advance the rights of women and girls, promote girl-child education, protect, safeguard, develop and empower girls children in Nigeria.
The campaigns took place at God’s Cottage Church Inc. and The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Abundant Life Parish, both in Abraka. Speaking to women at the advocacy, Fidelis Onakpoma-Directorate at Save the Girl Child Advocacy, said that International Women’s Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
This year’s IWD theme also tends to reduce gender-based violence (GBV). Gender-based violence is a global epidemic. It crosses every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, and education level, and transcends international borders. This commemoration covers the facts and consequences surrounding violence against women and girls, the responsibility that men have in preventing gender-based violence, and the necessary and practical approaches to ending it.
He explained further that
International Women’s Day 2020: Theme
According to the UN, is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. And the campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is #EachforEqual. He admonished the congregation to accord women and girls with reference to equality in terms of socio-economic, religious and every aspect of human society.
Very Rev. Charles O. David, the Senior Pastor of God’s Cottage Church Inc., acknowledged that women deserve to be honoured and be treated with equality. No woman should be marginalized, violated or denied equal access to opportunity in society.
According to Prof O.D. Ogisi(Mrs.), the Pastor in-charge of RCCG Abundant Life Parish decried that parents should adhere to gender equality in bringing up their children. That female and male children are both responsible and qualified for equal opportunities. When women and girls have equal access to education, societies prosper. She added that many benefits come to individuals, families, and communities when they prioritize girls’ education; that gender discrimination and outdated social constructs are barriers to educational opportunity, hence the need for #EachforEqual Campaign cannot be overemphasized.
The duo clerics called on religious leaders across the country to sensitize their congregation on the need to strengthen women’s participation in leadership in our society. Women were elicited to shun low self-esteem and charged to prepare themselves towards making the world a better place.