Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, wife of the Anambra Governor, on Saturday promised to partner with the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) to address harmful practices and inequality against women.
Obiano made the promise in Onitsha at the occasion of installation and reception for her (Mrs Obiano) and other quintessential daughters of the state organised by the Anambra chapter of NCWS.
During the installation as patron of Anambra chapter of NCWS, she pledged to work with the society to achieve its goals and objectives.
“I promise that my husband will use his office to ensure the emancipation of Anambra women, gender equality, development of young women and the girl-child.
“Having understood the charter of responsibilities, the goals and objectives in coalition of women societies in Nigeria, all we can do is to support them in all possible ways to achieve their objectives,” she said.
The state chapter at the occasion also honoured Mrs Gloria Shoda, the President of NCWS, Pastor Obiageli Malomo, wife of the Villa Chaplain among others.
Receiving her award, Shoda said women should have equal rights with the men in education, governance and inheritance.
“Nigeria is talking about equality between both genders. Women are not asking for the headship of the home, but women are talking about equity.
“We want to also sit in Aso Rock; we want to be governors and deputy governors in the states.
“We want it to be the same, if women are governors let the men be deputies. If a woman is the president, a man should be the vice.
“Men have done it for so many years but that does not mean that there are no women that can occupy these positions.
“The equality we are talking about is that women should be given the right particularly in the East and South-South region to inherit their father’s property in whatever percentage,” she said.
Earlier, the Anambra NCWS chapter president, Oby Obodozie, lamented the non-representation of NCWS members in governance in the state.
She also listed other challenged in the chapter to include, lack of funds to run programmes, lack of land to build the state NCWS secretariat and non-sponsorship to international conferences.