The Morgan Smart Development Foundation once again joined women all over World, particularly in Niger delta to commemorate the 2019 International Women’s Day with the theme “Balance for better” in Warri, Delta State on 19th & 20th March, 2019. The global theme for this year is ‘better the balance, better the world’ – #balanceforbetter – reiterates the need for a better working world driven by gender-balance; this means we need a better gender balance in income equality, in leadership, in safety and health, in education and all areas of life.
The Foundation’s 2019 celebratory event comprised of a 2 day program, which kicked off on the 19th of March with an “Exhibition Fare” organized in collaboration with the “Delta Association Of Chambers Of Commerce”(DACIMMA) to showcase the goods and services of women entrepreneurs, while exposing them to potential markets and offering opportunities to network; 10 local female entrepreneurs participated in the exhibition to display their products such as; “Food spices, cosmetics, toiletries, handmade fashion beads, food, hair accessories, organic coconut oil, fish etc., account officers from “Coastline Micro Finance bank were also around to provide financial guidance and account opening packaged to the exhibitors and other participants. The day’s events alsoincluded a Free Medical Screening for High Blood Pressure and Hypertension, Diabetics, Health Counseling facilitated by “Capitol Hill Clinic & Hospital, Warri”, where about 52 women were screened for the various health related issues and counseling given as required; about 40 women also benefitted from the Free Eye Examinations conducted by “Salvation Eye Services, Warri”; alongside a Bazaar Sales of clothes at giveaway prices
On the 20th of March, the celebrations continued with thought-provoking presentations and interactive sessions led by inspirational women, leaders in their field, women changing the world, the discussions centered onthe “Balance for Better” theme.President\CEO of Morgan Smart Development Foundation, Dr. Omawumi Evelyn AtsiangbeUrhobo, in her remarks, reminded the women that this year’s theme “Balance For Better” is to once again remind us that balancing the status of women by ensuring equity and women rights will create a better society for all of us who live in it; while also prompting the women that, “to a great extent, their destiny remains in their hands. They must refuse to seat back and accept their violation, degradation and poverty. They must reach out and seek help to improve on their situations”
Hon Commissioner for Women Affairs, Delta State, Rev. Mrs. Shola Williams, in her good will message, educated the women that, “balance for better” takes a whole lot of determination and courage and urged every woman to put their hands together and strive for balanceto make a positive difference for women everywhere.
In the Keynote address, the Chairperson of the occasion,Lady Judith Nwachukwu encouraged the women to make a difference first in their environment, in the place where they live and in the things they do according to the challenges they face every day because Balance for better is a call for action for every woman to do something.
Dr. Sharon OsundeOsula, Clinical Team lead, FERTIL City Fertility Clinic, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos state,enlightened the women on the causes and solutions of infertility and encouraged the women to be curious about their health by going for medical check-up constantly especially with their spouse and when opportunities knocks at the door for them to be empowered, it shouldn’t be taking for granted especially opportunities that will lead to increase in knowledge.
Mrs. FejiroUgute, MD Coastline Micro Finance Bank, addressed the women on the principles of financial management. She informed the women that the concept of financial management is very vital to the economic growth of women in the society and time has come for the women in the Niger Delta region to be financially literate to assume leadership roles in our economy. Warri,
About 200 women participated in the two days eventheld at the Morgan Smart Women and Youths Empowerment Resource Centre at 23, Oki Street, off Okere Road, Okere Warri.Prominent women at this year’s event, include, Lady Judith OjevweNwachukwu, MD\CEO Judenith Nig. Ltd, President Rotary Club, Sapele Urban District (Chairperson of the event and Keynote address speaker); Olori Mary Emiko , the Wife of the Olu of Warri as the “Royal Mother” of the day; Representative of the Delta State Commissioner for women’s affairs, Her HonourOkus L. Oki-Omezi (Mrs.), Chairperson FIDA, Delta State, who facilitated the legal aid session to offer legal advice, information and services to women who ordinarily would not have the opportunity to access such services; Mrs. Patricia Gbemudu, Delta State President of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Patricia Idiakoha, President, Delta Association Of Chambers Of Commerce, amongst other notable personalities.
The occasion was also used to empower about 14 Women, who benefited from the Foundation’s 2018 IWD empowerment support, having gone through a 3 months training in various income generating skills such as Catering, Hair dressing, Fashion Designing, Make up Skills etc., as they were presented with starter packs to support their businesses