By Francis Dugbe,
Members of the Scotland Parliament in the United Kingdom have lauded a Non Governmental Organization, Economic Forum for Women Empowerment (EFOWE) over its drives for women recognition in the society and crusade against domestic abuse of women and genital mutilation.
The parliamentarians who made this known during the inauguration of the Economic Forum for Women Empowerment (EFOWE) at Forgewood Community Centre, Motherwell Scotland, United Kingdom, said EFOWE if supported will educate the public on the negative diplomatic implications of racial discrimination for the community.
One of the guest speakers of the inauguration ceremony of EFOWE, Marion Fellows, Member of Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw, while speaking on the topic “factors that affects women empowerment” defined women’s economic empowerment as increases in women’s access to income and assets, but also with control over them and how they use that control in other aspects of life.
She highlighted some of the factors to include lack of education, lack of skills development and training; lack of access to quality, decent paid work, unpaid care and work burdens, lack of access to property, assets, and financial services, lack of collective action, leadership and among others.
She however stated that the above factors militating against women empowerment in the society are what EFOWE was inaugurated to address in order for women across the world to achieve their full potentials and set goals by becoming that voice that needs to be heard.
Clare Adamson, Constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) while speaking on the topic, ‘Challenges encountered by the women foes in achieving their dreams and potentials’, expressed joy that some of the aims and objectives of the forum falls in line with some of the Scotland government policies which the women in the Parliamentary House are pushing for.
While commending Mrs. Angela Ejiro Orugbo, the initiator and founder of the Economic Forum for Women Empowerment (EFOWE), Adamson noted that some of the policies in question have been achieved with the numbers of women as ministers and members of the Scottish cabinet.
Other speaker, Mrs. Ehinor Amedu, Chief Executive Officer of Wonderfully Made Women based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Michelle Ogbuaga of Autism Take 5 and CLLR Agness Magowan who spoke in same vein, commended Mrs. Angela Orugbo for helping to bring over 1000 women out of confusion, isolation and depression with her EFOWE.
Earlier Mrs. Angela Orugbo stated that EFOWE was birthed to educate and raise awareness within communities of female genital mutilation relating to women and girls in the community, promote the rights of women by creating awareness of the effect of domestic violence/abuse on women and their children.
She explained further that the advancement of health by providing support for mothers that have got children with a learning disability and autism and also promote the rights of educating a female child in becoming asset to her family and the nation, as well as the many dangers of not educating them.
According to her: “EFOWE is poised at educating and providing support for women towards self esteem and self confidence building, educate the public on the negative diplomatic implications of racial discrimination for the community and among others”.
Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi, former House Representatives member and Chief Ighoyota Amori, Chairman, Asaba Capital Development Agency represented by Mr. Kingsley Okpugie, Chief Mrs. Grace Aghoghovbia, Humphrey Edohor, Mr. Joseph Okoroporo, Bawaji Toyin and others attended the ceremony.