The 2017 seminar: Gendered Participation for Sustainable Development attracted dignitaries from government, civil society and the academia, with the wife of the Edo state governor Mrs Betsi Obaseki ably represented by the deputy speaker of the Edo state house of assembly Rt Hon Elizabeth Ativie. The Vice Chancellor was represented by the DVC Academics, Prof Pius Iribhogbe, the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mrs. O.A. Oshodin, and other principal officers were also in attendance. The program started with the registration of participants and arrival of guests at 9am, this was immediately followed by the introduction of guests by Professor Mike Omogberale.
The Director for Centre for Gender Studies, Prof E.U Edosomwan then gave her welcome address, she thanked the audience and distinguished guests for gracing the occasion, she admonished the audience to be attentive and emphasized the importance of the topics to be discussed at the seminar as regards gender equality .She thanked the Vice Chancellor for making it possible for the center to host the seminar. The wife of the governor, The Chairman management committee (CSG) Prof O.T Edema and the guest of honor Barr. Edoleyi .A Egonmwan also gave their remarks.
In his opening speech the Vice Chancellor welcomed the speakers and acknowledged the fact that they have all contributed to gender equality in the society. He emphasized that the Center for gender studies in the University is aimed at promoting gender equality in Nigeria. He then thanked the organizers and urged the audience to put all they will learn at the seminar to practice.
The lead speaker Prof Mrs Remi Sonaiya spoke on the Topic: Attitudinal Change towards Achieving Sustainable Development in Nation Building. She drew the attention of the audience to the fact that there has to be a change of attitude towards gender equality if the Nation wants to achieve Sustainable Development.
The Second Speaker Prof Friday E. Okonofua who spoke on the Topic: Balanced Gender Participation For Sustainable Development in Nigeria, threw light on the role women have to play in achieving sustainable development. He gave statistics showing how women have had a low representation in the polity and encouraged the government to give women more opportunity to contribute to decision making in the nation.
The third speaker Ms. Venera Zakirova who spoke on the Topic: Domestic and Workplace Violence: Effects on Nation Development emphasized on how the government can sustain national development by paying attention to the menace of domestic violence in the society. She made her point by citing incidents of the past and playing video clips to show the effects of domestic violence in the society.
There was opportunity for questions to be asked which were responded to by the speakers adequately
Highlights of the event was the presentation of plaques to resource persons/ distinguished persons of the day, Prof L.I Salami, while giving her response on behalf the those honored she thanked the organizers for the recognition and encouraged women to support their gender citing that the few women in the polity today enjoy more support from the men rather than their fellow women
The event was then rounded up by the vote of thanks given by the director, Centre for Gender Studies.
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