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Rivers Dep Gov Commends NAWOJ For Being A Strong Advocate Of Gender Parity

By Vanessa Eddie

Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo has commended the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers State Chapter for being strong advocates of gender parity.

Dr. Banigo made this commendation while playing host to the leadership of the association at the Government House in Port Harcourt recently.

She expressed happiness that NAWOJ has consistently participated in the International Women Days activities and lauded the capacity building workshop recently organized to identify and highlight the roles of women journalists especially in the areas of implementation of the Rivers state action plan on the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325.

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Rivers NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana (left) handing her address to the Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo

Describing the workshop as very enlightening, Dr Banigo hinted that the document acknowledges the lopsided role that women and children take in conflicts, especially in the area of domestic violence and urged NAWOJ to continue to highlight the roles of women journalists when it comes to disseminating the correct information that will engender peace building in our society.

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“I want to commend our Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for his gender sensitiveness and friendliness for not only picking a female deputy but for also encouraging women to come out and play the roles of vice chairmen in the 23 Local Government Areas”. Dr. Banigo quipped.

While congratulating the New Executives on their emergence at the polls, the Deputy Governor also commiserated with NAWOJ on the sudden demise of Pastor Dafini Gogo Abbey and Mrs. Juliet Njiowhor whom she described as seasoned journalists.

Earlier in her remarks, the Chairperson of NAWOJ, Comrade Susan Serekara-Nwikhana informed the Deputy Governor that NAWOJ is the female arm of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) saddled with the core mandate of ensuring the welfare of female journalists and championing the cause of women and girls.

She further noted that NAWOJ has seen the dynamism of Rivers State Government in the various interventions put in place to address the challenges facing the people of Rivers State and commended Dr Banigo for demonstrating the importance of women’s role in governance.

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