CELEBRATION OF DIFFERENT INTERNATIONAL DAYS

ENUGU STATE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

WOMEN AUGUST MEETING 2018 (FLAG OFF-CEREMONY)

THEME: THE FAMILY AS A HUB AGAINST CHILD ABUSE

SUB-THEME: EVERY CHILD MUST BE IMMUNIZED

Enugu Women’s Conference 2018 was conducted in collaboration with the office of the wife of the Executive Governor of Enugu State with supported by UNICEF. Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) initiated the August Meeting 2018 with its flag-off ceremony on the 9th August, 2018 at Michael Okpara Square, Enugu and was also created to take place at the 3 senatorial zones of the state starting with Enugu North Senatorial Zone followed by Enugu West Senatorial Zone and terminate at Enugu East Senatorial Zone.

The flag-off ceremony was in attendance of the Enugu State Governor’s wife, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi; Wife of the former President of the Senate, Lady Jane Nnamani and Prof. Eddy Nwobodo, Zonal Coordinator of NAPTIP, Mrs. Comfort Agboko; UNICEF Chief of Field office; Chairpersons of the 17 LGAs of the state, representatives and stakeholders of different groups and agencies, Police Officers Wives (POWA), principals, headmistresses, female Commissioners and Commissioner’s wives, House of Assembly members wives, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO), Young Women Christian Association, women with disabilities, etc.

The entire congregation was filled with women colorfully dressed in fabric that was specifically designed for the event. The programme started with an opening prayer by Evang. Favour Ugwuanyi while several talks were delivered on the theme and sub-theme.

Dr. Nwachukwu Ugwunna talked about immunization as a simple and effective way of protecting yourself and your family. Immunization works by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively. This either prevents the disease from developing or reduces the severity. Immunization not only protects your own family, but also others by helping to control serious diseases in our community.

Prof. Uche Odoh talked on good nutrition as one of the keys to a healthy life. You can improve your health by keeping a balanced diet. You should eat foods that contain vitamins and minerals. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and a source of protein and personal hygiene that helps keep your immune system from being overwhelmed by on-slot of germs.

The Zonal Commander, NAPTIP Mrs. Comfort Agboko spoke on domestic and child abuse as child maltreatment (both abuse and neglect) is often linked with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and encompasses any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caregiver which results in harm to the child, including serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or death. Domestic violence and child abuse are truly “family violence” exposures that create and maintain a vicious cycle – exposed children are more likely to become involved in IPV throughout adolescence and adulthood as both victims and perpetrators.

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Enugu congratulated the women of Enugu State and expressed his joy for being able to work with the Wife of the Executive Governor of Enugu State to deliver key messages using the opportunity of the August meeting as a medium to reach the women.

The Enugu Governor’s wife, who gave the advice during the state flag off of the 2018 August meeting at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, emphasized on the need for the women to continue to embrace peace and focus on issues that would bring immense benefit to the growth of the society as well as the upbringing of their children and wards as future leaders. She urge the women to pay much attention to their children and they should try to be loving, quiet and caring mothers that we are known for by taking proper care of our families.

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ENUGU NORTH SENATORIAL ZONE

DATE: 16TH AUGUST 2018                                                                         TIME: 10:00AM

VENUE: IGBO-ETITI LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS

Still on the Enugu Women’s Conference, the celebration of August meeting continued in Enugu North Senatorial Zone which consists of 6 Local Government Areas namely Igbo-Etiti, Igboeze North, Igboeze South, Nsukka, Udenu and Uzo-Uwani. The wives of the chairmen of the LGAs in this zone came together to mark the August meeting at Igbo-Etiti LGA Headquarter where they can provide opportunity for the rural women that cannot afford the cost of travelling to Enugu to participate in the flag-off ceremony to share the same knowledge and information concerning the theme: The family as a Hub in protecting the child against abuse” and sub-theme: “Every child must be immunized”.

The theme was delivered by Rev. Fr. Dr. Oliver Ugwu while the sub-theme: every child must be immunized was taken by Dr. Nwachukwu Ugwunna and Dr. Nkiruka Okoloagu talk on the need for women to seek the assistant of the skilled birth attendances during child delivery to avoid certain dangers associated with this condition which can result in health complications for both you and your baby.

The zonal commander, NAPTIP, Mrs. Comfort Agboko continued with talk on domestic and child abuse. Thereafter, the event was entertained with a dance from a dance group.

However, Her Excellency, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi also emphasized on the need for the women to continue to embrace peace and focus on issues that would bring immense benefit to the growth of the society as well as the upbringing of their children and wards as future leaders. She urge the women to pay much attention to their children and they should try to be loving, quiet and caring mothers that we are known for by taking proper care of our families.

Finally, the cutting of the cake to mark the Enugu Women’s Conference (August Meeting 2018) as a sign of peace, love, joy and care among the women.

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ENUGU WEST SENATORIAL ZONE

DATE: 17TH AUGUST 2018                                                                         TIME: 10:00AM

VENUE: EZEAGU LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS

Still on the Enugu Women’s Conference, the celebration of August meeting continued in Enugu West Senatorial Zone which consists of 5 Local Government Areas namely Aninri, Awgu, Ezeagu, Oji River, and Udi. The wives of the chairmen of the LGAs in this zone came together to mark the August meeting at Ezeagu LGA Headquarter where they can provide opportunity for the rural women that cannot afford the cost of travelling to Enugu to participate in the flag-off ceremony to share the same knowledge and information concerning the theme: The family as a Hub in protecting the child against abuse” and sub-theme: “Every child must be immunized”.

The activities of event were the same to that of Enugu North Senatorial Zone.

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ENUGU EAST SENATORIAL ZONE

DATE: 18TH AUGUST 2018                                                                         TIME: 10:00AM

VENUE: ENUGU SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS

Still on the Enugu Women’s Conference, the celebration of August meeting continued in Enugu North Senatorial Zone which consists of 6 Local Government Areas namely Enugu East, Enugu North, Enugu South, Nkanu East, Nkanu West and Isi-Uzo. The wives of the chairmen of the LGAs in this zone came together to mark the August meeting at Enugu South LGA Headquarter where they can provide opportunity for the rural women that cannot afford the cost of travelling to Enugu to participate in the flag-off ceremony to share the same knowledge and information concerning the theme: The family as a Hub in protecting the child against abuse” and sub-theme: “Every child must be immunized”.

The activities of event were the same to that of Enugu North and Enugu West Senatorial Zones.

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