Burden of conflict on women, children

  It has been identified by the local, national and international social commentators and donor agencies that conflicts have placed tremendous burden on Nigerian communities whereby women and children suffer displacement, loss of families and means of livelihoods. Speaking at a launch of women peace and security in Bauchi State, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Udoma Udoma pointed out that if investment in women and girls are not given Priority to fulfill their potentials and enjoy their human rights in Nigeria communities, it will translate into economic…

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Talking to girls about sexual assault early

  It may be a hot topic right now, but sexual assault is something parents should be talking about with their daughters all the time. Kelly Chrestman, Ph.D., a senior military behavioral health psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology, explained that teaching girls about sexual safety should be thought of as being as necessary as teaching them about other types of safety, like burn prevention. As a mom of three young daughters, I’ll admit that I assumed (or hoped) it was OK for a family discussion about sexual assault…

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Rescued from hospital detention

After some months in the hospital where they were held by the management for their inability to pay their bills after giving births, succour has finally come the way of women of Ezza North/Ishielu, federal constituency, Ebonyi State through their representative, Hon. Anayo Edwin Nwonu. UCHENNA INYA reports     About 15 of the women, who gave birth at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki 1(FETHA 1), now Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital (AE-UNTH) would have still been at the hospital where they were held by the hospital management following their inability…

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SLAY QUEEN: Latest fad among young females

  Jumoke Oladipupo is a beautiful, fair and average height of 5’2”, and a very free spirited young girl perhaps in her early 20s. For five hours of interaction with Oladipupo, she was full of life, playful and pleasant to be with but one thing seems lacking in Oladipupo, self confidence!!! Oladipupo applied extreme make-up, robbing her totally of her natural beauty. Unfortunately, Oladipupo could not express herself or articulate her sentences properly, she was too unattractive with the way she talked, a clear definition of beauty without brains like…

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Women, children threaten to embark on hunger strike

  Women coalition for sustainable peace and Viable Democratic Gains in Bauchi State has threatened to embark on hunger strike if President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National Chairman of the All Progressive congress APC did not remove their hands from the just concluded gubernatorial election in the State. The women flanked up by their children stated this when they offered a special prayers in an eid praying ground cattle market Bauchi. The coalition said that the electorates in Bauchi have made their choice by electing Senator Bala…

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Akeredolu to govt: Provide opportunity for women to participate in UNCSW

  Wife of Ondo state Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has called on government to provide opportunity for women to participate in the annual United Nations Commission on the status of women (UNCSW). The wife of the governor who was sharing her experience from the 63rd session of UN Commission on the status of women (UNCSW63) held in New York told stakeholders to domesticate the ideas. According to her, “any government that is serious about uplifting her women from obscurity, ignorance and poverty must endeavour to provide the opportunity for them…

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Harvard researchers suggest three new tips in raising honest kids

Raising a child who is honest, trustworthy, and open is every parent’s goal, but with the white lie ever-present in everyday life (especially for parents — sometimes you just have to tell your kids their favourite pizza spot is closed to get a vegetable in them), how do you ensure you’re raising your child to be truthful? Rick Weissbourd, Co-Director of Making Caring Common and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has a few suggestions for how to talk to your kids about lying, and in turn, how…

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‘No one equals the strength of a mother’

The National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos was transformed into a pamper centre filled with smiling faces on Saturday, March 30, as a remarkable number of mothers and children graced the fifth annual mother’s day fiesta organised by a group of outstanding mothers who saw the need to appreciate mothers all around the world in their own little yet amazing way. The event which made its debut in 2015 featuring outstanding mothers, the likes of Mrs. Iretiola Doyle, Prof. Grace Alele Williams, Adesuwa Onyenokwe and Alhaja Kuburat Okoya has recorded a remarkable…

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Preventing violence against women

  In an effort to address violence against women in some communities at Bauchi State, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Workingroupng4peace (WYPS-WAS NG) has mapped out plans aimed at addressing the root and structural causes of violence against women and girls. The peace group has also mapped out plans, which include, sexual gender -based violence rather than working to stop it, given the devastating effect violence has on these categories of people. Speaking, during a Press Conference heralding the official launch of the Organisation’s campaign in Bauchi, State Coordinator of the…

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End to violence begins with men

“If the world is unfair, who is responsible for making it right, this shouldn’t be a burden just for the women.” This was the submission of majority of those who attended the recently-organised solidarity peace conference of the ‘Life After Abuse Foundation’ themed Men Can End Violence which held at the University of Lagos’ Main Auditorium on March 23. Oluwatosin Omotosho writes   As a survivor of child sexual abuse and a passionate and energetic activist against all types of violence, Halima Layeni founded the Life After Abuse Foundation (LAAF),…

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