Wife of the Oyo State Governor, Engr Tamunominini Olufunke Makinde, and the Chairperson of the University of Ibadan Women Society (UIWS), who is also the wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr (Mrs.) Wumi Olayinka, have declared their readiness to collectively empower women and fight gender-based violence to a standstill.
Engr Makinde, who played host to the Chairperson of the UIWS in her Office located near the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said there is every need to promote women empowerment and emancipation as an avenue for engendering peaceful coexistence in the society.
According to a statement by the Office of the Wife of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Makinde said the Office has been working assiduously to end rape and gender-based violence in the State.
The statement also indicated that the Office has been adopting proactive measures while putting in place the right structures to prevent the occurrence of negative/anti-women vices.
The statement indicated that some of the core values of the UIWS, a Non-Governmental Organisation, include its focus on empowerment of women and exploration of the value change in agro-impact products through training in areas such as planting, preservation, processing, marketing and fund-sourcing,
Mrs. Makinde also commended the Association for the work it has been doing in the area of women empowerment, and the campaign against gender-based violence; adding that the Government of Oyo State under the leadership of her 0iation, especially in the area of empowering rural women.
She equally granted an express approval to the request by the UIWS to name after her a female hostel built by the Society within the campus of the University of Ibadan.
According to the statement, Mrs. Makinde gave the express approval to demonstrate her readiness and openness to “anything that can advance the cause of the womenfolk in Oyo State,” adding that her Office and the state government would al9ways be ready to work with all interests to advance the cause of women in the State.
Mrs. Makinde further stated that her major concern at the moment is how to end rape and gender-based violence, by putting the right and proactive structures in place, saying: “One of my key concerns right now is how to end rape and gender-based violence, and like your approach, which is not just to talk about it, not just to prevent it, but also top proactive in providing something substantial that can go a long way to mitigate the problems on the table.
The Chairperson of the UIWS, Dr (Mrs.) Olayinka had told the First Lady that the Society was seeking ways of partnering with the Office of the Wife of the Oyo State Governor on agro-impact projects and empowerment initiatives to enhance the social status of women and youths in the State.