The Episode 138 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 25th of May 2021 and featured the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Public Awareness Manager Mrs Henrietta Okokon and Mr Tony Ochelebe where in the studio to represent the National Coordinator.
Mr Adamu Subi (A Director), Mr Onosa Joseph (A Director), Alhaji Idris Mohammed (A Director) and Mrs Freyer Bulus (A Director) all came as representatives from the above mentioned Ministry. Mrs Bulus started by saying Women wants a peaceful Country because if war breaks out it is the women and children that will suffer most. The Ministry was established in 1995 considering the enormous Women issues and advice the Government.
The Ministry, Mrs Bulus said, looks into the plight of Widows and the less privileged women; it has other department like the Women Development Department, Child Development Department and has offices in the 36 states of the Federation all saddle with the responsibility of taking care of Women affairs.
The Child Right Act which states that all Children born in the Country have a right and if it is violated, the Government takes it up with you, this includes right to Life, right to Education, right to good health and any state that has domesticated the Act, it will be applicable in any related situation. Case can be reported to any of our state branch, it must not be brought to the Headquarters, she said.
The issue of Widow hood can also be reported as many states has a lot of cultural background to it which may involve forcefully shaving of the Woman’s Hair, Bathing of the Dead body and giving the woman the water to drink and all Gender based violence can be reported to the Ministry through this Toll Free Line – 08031230651, Mrs Bulus concluded.
There was no emerging issues for SERVICOM to handle or attend to.