Be innovative to be relevant, activists challenge womenfolk

In order to become politically relevant in the nation’s polity and in the scheme of things, a University lecturer, Prof Helen Olayinka Ogunsuyi and a Woman right advocate, Chief Olamide Falana have challenged womenfolk to be innovative. Ogunsuyi and Falana who spoke at this years’ celebration of International Women’s Day Conference held in Akure, the Ondo State capital said women cannot continue to do the same thing traditional things expected of women and expect different results in the society. Speaking on the theme: ‘Balance for Better’’ and facilitated by a…

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We’re branded ‘prostitutes’ for contesting 2019 elections – Female politicians

Women Candidates in the last elections in Bauchi state have lamented that they are branded as “prostitutes” for participating in the 2019 politics. This was dsiclosed by a cross section of women who spoke at a Women Candidates Dialogue Forum, organized by the Young Leaders Network (YLN) which held in Bauchi lsaying it is discouraging women from engaging in politics. The Young Leadership Forum brought women from different political parties to assess the challenges they faced during the last general elections and seek for ways to address them. Contributing during…

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No development without female participation – Mrs Fayemi

First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has said no country can achieve development goals without the active and full participation of its female folks. She spoke in Abuja on Monday while moderating a panel discussion on, “The Transformation Women Want :Galvanising for a Common Agenda”, at the launch of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN). According to Mrs Fayemi, “If there is any country in the world that is expecting to achieve all the development goals without the full and equal participation of women such a country is…

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Women suffer violence in their families too – UN Report

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Families can be places of love, care, and fulfillment but, too often, they are also spaces where women’s and girls’ rights are violated, their voices are stifled, and where gender inequality prevails.” A flagship report by the UN Women “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world evaluates the reality of families today in the context of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and social transformation. The report features global, regional, and national data. It also analyses key issues such as family laws, employment, and unpaid care work, violence…

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Wonders as 195-year-old woman is discovered

People were awed by the discovery of an old woman believed to be the oldest in Ekiti State who was found in one of the communities. Adewumi Ademiju writes   At 195, Elder Mrs. Aowe Osasona, a native of Iludun Ekiti, in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State, still exude energy and gait. Although, she couldn’t talk much, she sang praise/ worship songs joyfully and tirelessly. Indeed, she radiates happiness and fulfillment of life. When New Telegraph visited her at the residence of the aged in Iludun Ekiti. She…

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Menstruation: The myths, silence, misconceptions and facts

  “When I told my friends about painful menstrual periods, one of them said if I had sexual intercourse with a man, the pain will go but I didn’t,’’ Ada Solomon, a 14-year old recluse student of a junior secondary school in Abuja, silently shares her standpoint. In a related incident, another pupil, Sarah Audu recalls: “When I was nine years old, living with my father and my step-mother, I went to a nearby bush to urinate when I noticed some bloodstains in between my legs. “I ran to tell…

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Girl-child: Campaigning against sexual abuse

  Girl-child activists have renewed fight against the continued sexual molestation and abuse of under aged girls in the country, saying it is a menace that is capable of intimidating and limiting the girl-child holistic development. The activists, who also called on government and all relevant stakeholders to invest in the development of the girl-child, also stated that girls need a conducive environment to grow into responsible women. One of the activists, founder of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu said the girl-child cannot maximize fully the potential…

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Using art to shine light on menstruation

The United Nations enlightened the public that lack of menstrual knowledge, poor access to sanitary products and a non-facilitating school environment could make it difficult for girls to attend schools in most developing countries of the world. The UN calls for interventions to reduce the burden of menstruation for school girls by government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Studies show that inadequate options for menstrual hygiene recently received attention as a barrier to education for girls in low and middle income countries. They noted that poor sanitation in schools and lack…

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‘If I’m not destined to marry, I should have a child at least’

Ordinarily, in a typical conservative African setting, single parenting is not a welcoming fashion or acceptable trend. Shockingly, it is becoming a fad nowadays in Nigeria. The sad news is that youths, mostly young ladies, are imbibing the trend simply because they believe that they cannot have their cakes and eat them. ANNETTE AMADI writes   Those days, it was considered a taboo for an unmarried lady to announce to her parents that she was pregnant; it was also almost a taboo for her to nurture the baby outside wedlock!…

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Empowering women on Soya Beans processing, value addition

  A Canadian Non-Governmental Organisation ( NGO),MEDA has held a food fair for 50 women in Dass local government area of Bauchi state who were trained on Soya Beans processing and value addition. The training according to MEDA was to encourage the adoption of improved ways of farming, processing and introduction of Soya Beans as a component in meals because of its nutritional values. In an address at the food fair by the graduating women trainees, Magajin Garin Dass, Musa Maleka who represented the Emir, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman commended…

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