Over six hundred women from Ondo West and East Local Governments of Ondo State have benefited from women empowerment programme; Women Advocacy and Economic Empowerment initiatives.
The event was organised by Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiatives (DROMI), an NGO primarily dedicated to women empowerment.
The founder of DROMI, Dr Rhoda Makinde, said the programme was founded to bring women of diverse economic backgrounds together to educate, inform, and inspire attendees to take charge of their lives and contribute meaningfully to family, community, and society at large.
She said DROMI was created after observing the link between micro businesses and women’s self- empowerment in the state. 45% of Nigerian rural women cite financial struggles as hurdle keeping them from running their businesses.
The founder added that DROMI has helped many women start their micro businesses and become financially empowered.
Makinde noted instrument that was given to the beneciaries are 114 sewing machines, 99 grounding machines, 41 dryer, 2 mixer and cash will also be given to some beneficiaries.
According to her, this summit will include information on how to use micro loans and save effectively from local banker.
She said it is imperative that every woman be equipped with the skills they need in order to take care of themselves and their families.
Speaking earlier, the member, House of Representative Ondo East and West Federal constituencies, Hon. Abiola Makinde expressed joy, saying the empowerment will allow women to obtain their right in the society.
He enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of the instrument given to them so that they can be good to themselves.
Hon. Makinde urged men to empower their wives so that they can also empower others.
Also speaking, the programme coordinator, Mrs Dupe Oluronbi said recognition of women’s contributions to economic and social development and of equality between men and women have increasing interest among policy-makers and development practitioners.
She noted that despite the improvement in gender awareness worldwide, data on women’s work and economic contribution have remained far.
Oluronbi added that evidence and experience have shown that in many African countries including Nigeria, women have been abused, marginalized.
She said discrimination and denied against women’s rights in most aspects of human endeavours. The situation is worse for the rural women who have low literacy level and, have become mere tools in the hands of their husbands.
According to her, the need to empower women especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria, saying this summit attempts to point out the need to empower Nigerian women for economic development.
She said women perform enormous tasks in their families and the society at large, adding that they have been oppressed and relegated to the background.
Oluronbi further said that women have not been fully involved in decision making to enable them contribute their own quota in national development. Inaccessibility to health, education and particularly in the planning process have hindered women development.
She posited that violence and abuse of women have also posed a great threat to the self esteem of women, saying the full potential and place is rightly in the sphere of human development.
She said that micro finance interventions will empower and stimulate women to achieve food security and economic empowerment.
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