FUTO holds 2012 Women’s Conference By Gid Ahanonu

The Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has observed the 2012 International Women’s Conference with the theme “Gender Education and Globalization”.

Declaring the conference open, the chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka, said that the conference was timely as the university is now committed to women and gender issues, through the establishment of the centre.

He urged the centre’s director, Dr (Mrs) I.P. Asiabaka, and her team to link up with national and international bodies to benefit from them.

In her keynote address, Senator Chris N.D. Anyanwu said that although globalization has some negative implications for women, such as acculturation, its advantages also abound, as it offers free flow of ideas, knowledge, people and capital.

She argued that globalization is inevitable in Nigeria but added that it must be backed with adequate polices, to limit its risks.

The Senator advised government to localize globalization through education, especially with women who, she said, are most vulnerable.

Earlier in her address, the Acting Director of  CWG & DS, Dr. (Mrs) P.I. Asiabaka observed that gender education is not for women alone as the power to hold the society is assigned to all adults male and female, since it is bedeviled with problems such as illiteracy, poverty, and disease.

She listed other sub-themes to be discussed as child and youth development, role of women societies, child and human trafficking, gender dynamics in tertiary institutions and religion, morality and development. Others are women in politics, MDGS and the challenges of development, women in agriculture and the economy as well as women in education among others.

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