Access Bank in collaboration with the United Diplomatic Mission, Women Community and Idea Builders, have come together to celebrate the International Women’s Day and the Women’s History Month, in order to further enlighten the world about the importance to protect the rights of women and the girl child.
The seminar which held at the Access Bank Head office, Danmole, V.I, Lagos on Thursday, March 5, 2015, saw women leaders, men alike, from every walks of life- the likes of Fela Durotoye, MD, Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Igwe, Consul General of the United States, Ambassador Jeffery Hockings, Lucy Kanu, Mrs Olajumoke Odenowo, Adesuwa Oyekoya, Female Presidential candidate, Remi Sonaya, Public Diplomacy Officer, Rhonda J. Watson, Rise Networks’, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Mrs Tokunbo Ekunkinam, Deputy Country Head, Adeola Azeez, Olajumoke Adenowo, and others on the panel as burning issues bothering on women and the girl child were raised and discussed.
The 3-day programme themed ‘Make It Happen’, served as a wakeup call to women, not to remain passive, but be more active in their communities, get involved in grass root politics and birth their dreams.
The event started with an opening prayer from MD, Access Bank, Mr Herbert Igwe, followed by welcome remark from Presidential aspirant, Remi Sonaya.
While speaking, Sonaya expressed her joy to be at the gathering. She also encouraged women to stand up for one another, and to show more interest in leadership positions.
“I am very happy to be in such a gathering as this, where women are being made to know they are also very important in the society. Let us take note that this gathering isn’t to discriminate against men but, to let women know that they also have roles to play in the development of the society. I encourage our women to be builders and not allow anything to relegate us to the background.”
Corroborating Sonaya’s stand, Consul General of the United States, Jeffery Hockings said the United States of America is fully dedicated to anything that encourages women to become leaders and not be regarded as second class citizens.
“The United States deeply believes in human rights and women equality so, we are very happy to support this,” he said.
A short film about women history was later shown to guests, likewise a drama presentation titled, ‘Hear Word’.
The Call To Action was then taken by Udo Okonjo, who encouraged all, especially women, to make do with all they have heard at the gathering.