As part of activities to mark the International women’s day, the International Federation of Women lawyers FIDA has taken their sensitization to ORO ESARA kingdoms of Elimgbu in Obio/Akpor local government area in Rivers state.
The International Women’s day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year, to celebrate women’s achievements in various field of life and also to highlight numerous impediments and challenges hindering women from achieving their goals and proffer world best practices to solving them.
The Theme for 2019 International Women’s Day is” BALANCED FOR BETTER
The chairperson of FIDA in Rivers state, Anthonia Osademe at the sensitization at the palace of HRM EZE JACOBSON ANYALEBECHI UTCHAY told the Royal father that the women have come to enlightenment women of the communities on women’s Right as regarding laws existing in the state which most women are not aware of and also to inform them on the need to support the domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition Acts. VAPP bill which is still pending before the state Assembly. She also appealed to the Eze and his council not to deter in their support whenever being called upon to speak in favour of the Bill to the state Assembly.
In his response Eze Jacobson thanked the women for showing interest in his community by coming to enlighten and sensitive the women and men of Oro Esara. He promised to take the message to chiefs of the 18 Clan under Oro Esara. He also pledged to support the women in ensuring that the message goes rounds the community.
Speaking to Newsmen at the sideline of the sensitization, the state FIDA Chair, Anthonia Osademe said the Organization was in the community to Mark the International women’s day. In her words, ” though the real date was on the 8th of March, but you all are aware of the preparation to the governorship and state houses of Assembly Election fixed for the 9th of March Nationwide, we had to allow the whole process to go through and continue on a later date” we thank God that the whole of March is dedicated to fostering the life of a woman and so we have come to interact with the chiefs, women, men and youths of Oro Esara on the need to live in peace amongst them and also to sensitive them on the prevailing laws existing in the state which most people are still ignorant about and so we have come to tell them that female gentile mutilation is prohibited, thank God for this Oro Esara kingdom, the Eze told us that such Practice has never happened in his Community but we still want to inform them about it so that they will pass the message to those who indulge in such practice to desist from it. ” we also have told them that the widowhood practice which is prevalent in the community must stop as such is against the Rivers state harmful traditional practice law cap 2003. Where a woman is subjected to all manner of inhuman abuse under the guise of laws and tradition must as such is against the law of Natural practice” A woman must also be allowed to inherit and partake in the share of her father’s properties. “In Ikwerre Land women are not allowed to own or get a share in her Fathers property but the Supreme Court have ruled over that matter as every child has a Right to his or her Father’s Estate. No child is More important than the other, male and female enjoys the same Rights before the law.
Also speaking to our correspondent some of the participants at the event, one 67 years old widow simply identified as MamaOro, said what women go through at the death of their husband’s is unimaginable, she said “before my husband’s death, we never had quarrel, I didn’t understand why I was made to suffer the way they treated me, I was pushed out because I had three daughters all of them are biological children of my late husband, but we were not allowed a dim or share in the properties I invested my money with my late husband. I was properly married and lived in Peace with my husband before he passed on but was subjected to ridicule and penury, is it good?
Another Lady Mrs Beatrice Owondah told our correspondent that in Elimgbu community here, women who lost their husband are made to sit in a room for four days without taking a bath and must tie one wrapper to the chest for the entire four days , ” I am appealing to the government to come and help us so that women can move freely, Church is speaking against it but they are still doing it. Abeg FIDA you people should come and help us.
And a residents of the community Uduak who claimed that she got married to a Yoruba man from Osun state said “my sister, I have really suffered, my husband is not dead oh, he is into Aluminum and roofing, every day I hear of millions of naira contract, but the moment he gets the money I don’t see him again its either he is in a porn store, naira bet or that he is in a hold up, as you see me so, house rent na me, school fees na me, feeding oh, clothes oh everything about my four children na me, soo I advise other women not to agree to be full time house wife, if I no do business how I for fit manage pay my son school fees in year one at the university?.