BSU Celebrates International Women’s Day With IDPS

The Centre for Gender Studies, Benue State University, Makurdi on Thursday, 8th March, 2018 celebrated International Women’s Day with the Internally Displaced Persons at Daudu Camp in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area. The theme for the celebration was: “Celebrating the Rural Woman’’.

Addressing the Internally Displaced Persons at the Camp, the Director, Centre for Gender Studies, Benue State University, Makurdi, Professor Uwajumogu commended the rural women, especially those in the Camp, for their critical roles in bringing forth and nurturing life under such difficult condition.

According to her, the theme for this year’s event was borne out of recognition of the unfavourable conditions under which the rural woman strives on a daily basis.

She stated that women are made subservient at homes in all ramifications in their quest to survive. She therefore called for a reverse of the trend to bring about equality between the woman and her male counterpart saying to do this, women need to be adequately educated so as to remove all barriers that hinder the advancement of the woman in the society.

Professor Uwajumogu called on the rural women not to despair but remain dogged in the face of the daunting challenges they faced daily.

The Vice-Chancellor, Benue State University, Professor Msugh Kembe, represented by the Centre Director encouraged the rural women in the Camp to remain resolute and likened their plight to a boil which would not last forever.

Dr. Mrs. Becky Aliegba, in her paper presentation on “The role of Rural Women in Agriculture and Food Security”, urged the women to remain steadfast and supportive in food production to enhance sufficiency and sustainability.

Dr. Aliegba noted that men always leave the women with the farm to tender till harvest and as such women play a critical role in food production in the home.

The Director, Women Affairs, Mrs. Juliana Ageh, described rural women as drivers of economy and urged them not to relent in farming but always make sure they have large farms to help them cater for their needs.

The Head, Public Enlightenment Unit, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs. Roesline Abare, in her presentation, “Vulnerability of Displaced persons to human trafficking” advised the rural women to look after their children properly.

According to her, their present predicament made them vulnerable to human traffickers and so advised that, nobody should deceive them into giving out their children to strangers, adding that they should be serious in the training of their children, especially the females.

Highlights of the occasion included: Drama presentation by the Theatre Arts Troupe of the Theatre Arts Department, Benue State University, Makurdi and presentation of gift items such as food stuff, toiletries, clothes and water.