The World President of International Medical Women Association, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinaobi has commended the Wife of Governor Abia State Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu Ph.D for her innovation and ensuring that women are not left out during this global crisis.
She has described the event as a “square peg in a square hole’’ noting that women in Abia State are one of the most resilient in community development and business.
In a statement Dr. Nwadinaobi said the theme of this year being “Women and the Challenge of COVID-19: Living the New Normal” as apt in addressing the issues facing the world today and the reality of recent developments and what women can do differently to adapt in the changing world.
“AWADEC has over the years created a forum for discussing and addressing issues that affect our women and our communities, it has created an opportunity for women to celebrate successes and opportunities to local women and I thank the Wife of Governor for her keen interest in ensuring that the pandemic didn’t stop this forum and I commend her for her proactive innovation in adapting to the new normal.
Finally, I wish the Abia Women and the entire Abia State a fruitful AWADEC 2020 and better Outcome” Dr. Eleanor noted.
Some of the issues discussed during the Conference were how women can promote community development in a virtual world space of social distancing, the need for women to adjust their businesses and entrepreneurship to meet the new realities of COVID 19, how to utilize information and communication technology to access education for children and adult and how women can play greater roles in keeping their families healthier and safe from CoVID 19.
Other issues explored were how to engage information and communication technology in sustaining relationships between family and friends, the emphasis on agriculture as a way of providing food in a shrinking economy and how to confront the hydra-headed monster of sexual and gender based violence which has been on the increase because of the lockdown.
Women groups such as the NCWS, FIDA, Wives of Transition Committee Chairmen, Ndi Ugo eze, NAWOJ, Church Women Organizations, Community Based Groups participated at the Conference.
High point of the Conference was a quiz competition that featured a first prize of a giant size Deep Freezer, second prize of Gas Cooker, a third prize set of Kitchen Utensils as well as several consolation prizes.