International Women's Day, 2021

Women in Leadership: Gender Equality and Environmental Sustainability

The event started by 7am prompt with more than 150 persons including staff and student. Notable among them were Emeritus Prof. Uche Azikiwe, the wife of the first president of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, a renowned Anthropologist of International repute Prof. Peter-Jazzy Ezeh, the first Profesor of Social Work in Nigeria, Prof. Uzoma Okoye, Emeritus Prof, Josehpine Alumanah,  Prof. Chidi Nzeadibe among others.

The event was kick started with an opening remark by a professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability and the Associate Dean of the Faculty of the Social Sciences, Prof. Chidi Nzeadibe. This was followed by a brief speech by Prof. P-J Ezeah who in his remark applauded E-WIN acknowledging that such event has never happened before in UNN. The founding Director Equity Watch Initiative Dr. Chiemezie Atama, took the stage and reiterated the organizations commitment to promoting gender equality. She explained the significance of the day’s celebration and her organizations’ resolve to continue to impact the society despite all odds. She appreciated everyone that turned out for the event and  appreciated all who contributed in making the day a success particularly IPCR, DR Freedom Onuha, Prof. Mrs Uche Azikiwe, Prof. Josephine Alumanah, the Vice Chancellor of UNN Prof. Charles  Arinsechukwu Igwe and others.

The plogging activity commenced immediately afterwards with music. The focus was faculty of the social Sciences, Education and Administrative block.  People danced around picking trashes particularly plastics and nylon. The activity lasted for about 3hrs and at the end we counted 85 filled dustbin liners with trashes.  Equity Watch Initiative also showcased the iron constructed waste bins which they have strategically positioned to help in managing waste in the University. The ploging activity came to an end by 10am following little refreshments. The IWD event continued with a radio program at Voice FM at 12-1pm featuring The E-WIN Director Dr. Chiemezie Atama and the Director Widows Lifeline Prof. Uche Azikiwe.

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