FUNAI VC Vows to Break Gender Jinx
*As FUNAI-WA Empowers Women.
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba , says that gender bias and discrimination against women will not have a place in the University.
Professor Nwajiuba made this promise while declaring open the workshop on Women Empowerment organised by the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo Women Association (FUNAI-WA) held on Thursday, the 28th of July, 2016 at the Main Auditorium, Take off Campus of the University.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Sunday Elom, noted that even though gender discrimination and bias against the female sex were rampant in the under-developed world, it would not be allowed to take root in FUNAI.
Professor Nwajiuba expressed regret that under-developed nations tended to obscure the invaluable roles women play in their social and economic milieu and attributed it to low exposures and stereotyped ideas about the place of women in the society.
He said FUNAI would continue to pursue gender-friendly policies, adding that the Senate of the Institution had just elected the first female dean and Council member in the person of Professor Gloria Emezue. “We will stop at nothing in ensuring that women’s social, economic and academic visibility is upheld while also promoting gender equality”.
The Vice Chancellor commended the vision of the Chairperson of FUNAI-WA in championing the cause of women empowerment and assured the association of the backing of the University.
In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of FUNAIWA, Dr. Mrs. Chinyere Nwajiuba, said the need to orientate the women of their place in the family was critical if women must attain their lofty heights in the society.
Dr Mrs Nwajiuba pointed out that the choice of the theme of the empowerment seminar: “Healthy career woman” was apt because conflicting domestic schedules and that of the workplace compound the stress women go through which often resulted in their dreams being truncated.
The FUNAI-WA Chairperson who is also the wife of the Vice Chancellor said relieving the women of some stress was on the way since she is working tirelessly to ensure that Crèche, Nursery and Primary School were established, adding that the resource persons had been carefully chosen to speak on various issues affecting career women.
Presenting a paper entitled: “Career Woman and Home Management”, Professor Gloria Emezue dwelt extensively on the need to strike a balance in the women’s quest to clinch higher heights and their natural roles as home makers and keepers.
She decried the situation where some women abandoned their homes for inanities thereby increasing societal ills since children were left unattended to.
On her part, Dr Tina Nweze while delivering a paper entitled “Career Women and Stress Management” decried the unbridled crave by most women to “belong” thus neglecting salient things that would engender their professionalism.
Dr Nweze maintained that the need to set priorities was critical for the psychological wellbeing of the women, adding that women should draw up a scale of preference to serve as a guide to things of immediate necessities than carrying heavy loads without giving themselves time to rest to reduce stress.
In her paper on “the place of professionalism in the woman’s world”, Dr Mrs. Benedette Okezie challenged women to exhibit a sense and spirit of Professionalism in their workplace and career adding that what sustained great minds was nothing but a display of high professionalism in their relationship with colleagues and neighbours.
Other guests on the programme were Mrs. Ekeoma Akwiwu, General Manager Nigerian Television Authority, Abakaliki; former Head of Service Ebonyi State, Chief Mrs. Ugo Nnachi; former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ebonyi State, Chief Mrs. Joy Umoke; a member of Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Mrs. Rose Ezeadikwa; Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Secondary Education Board, Chief Mrs. Franca Ogba, wife of the senator representing Ebonyi Central zone, Dr. Mrs Franca Ogba, Focal person, Ebonyi State Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Obichukwu and host of others.
In a vote of thanks, the chairman of the organising committee, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Achilike, expressed unalloyed gratitude for the invited guests for honouring the invitation, and the University management for approving the event.