By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Women groups in the world of civil society, business, politics and Non-Governmetal Organizations in Edo state have agreed on steps towards nipping human trafficking in the bud.
This was the thrust of discussants at a conference to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day Celebrations in Benin City.
The theme of the event which was jointly organized by the women wing of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo state chapter, was ‘’Press for Progress: A boost for women as partners in progress”.
A former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie said poor education of the girl child had hampered the chances of women in contesting political positions in the country.
She further noted that the inadequacy has fuelled a distinct lack of self confidence among women who believe that their challenges were insurmountable
The Chairperson of state NLC Women Committee, Comrade Daisy Osunde, gave a good account of the committee under her leadership.
Osunde recalled that the committee had trained and empowered 300 women in skills acquisition as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to put idle hands to work.
She called on the coalition of the willing to assist in promoting gender equality, adding that the “only a society where some are given equal respect and not taken for granted can flourish well”.
Vice-president, Policy and Partnership, Bridge International Academies, Mrs. Adesuwa Ifedi, advocated for equal opportunity for education for a girl child in the country.
She tasked the coalition of the willing to assist in promoting gender equality, adding that the “only a society where some are given equal respect and not taken for granted can flourish well”.
The Benin zonal Director of National agency for the prohibition and trafficking in persons (NAPTI), Mr. Nduka Nwawene who was represented by Obi Onyebuchi, attributed ignorance as the key problem of human trafficking and illegal migration.
He solicited for proper education of girl child and women as the vital tools to fight the menace.