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P1020523The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organization made up of women lawyers which was formed in 1964....

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REPORT OF THE IPAS PROGRAM HELD FROM THE 23RD – 25TH OF APRIL 2017 AT EQUITY RESORTS, OGUN STATE.

Ipas held its annual Providers/Partner’s Network Meeting (PNM)) in Ogun State from the 23rd to the 25th of April, 2017. The program brought together partners who were committed to improving the enabling environment for women’s access to reproductive health information and services, Ipas partners from Law Enforcement, Health, Media and CSO sectors.

The program on the 24th started with introductions and then a welcome address by the Country Director of Ipas, Ms Hauwa Shekarau at about 9.30 am.  She welcomed all participants and encouraged them to interact with others and build networks, as that is part of the reason for bringing all participants together. Dr Kayode Afolabi, a Director at the Federal Ministry of Health made the opening remarks.

The guest lecturer, Dr Otive Igbuzor made a presentation on “Leadership Strategies For Sustainable Service Delivery.” He said that organisations depend on capable leadership to perform the role set up for it. The organisation must adapt to change and have a strategic plan. He defined leadership as ability to lead others by influence. It is the capacity to influence, inspire, rally, encourage, motivate, induce, mobilize and move others to pursue a common goal or purpose while maintaining commitment, momentum, confidence and courage. He emphasised that leadership is one of the most important variables that affect organisational performance. A leader must be understanding and still remain firm. He or she must always have the interest of the led and organisation at heart. Must recognise the skills of members and tap unto it for the benefit of the organisation.

He identified the following skills required for leadership competence.

-         Conceptual skills – Analysis, research, policy formulation, reflection.

-         Technical skills - project, office and financial management, evaluation, technology, administration.

-         Social skills – working with people, networking, partnerships, public relations, collaboration, communications etc.

He also itemized the following issues to be considered in creating leadership strategy:

-         Analysis of required current and future leadership capacities.

-         Leadership development strategy.

-         Strategic execution, business result and leadership culture.

-         Talent acquisition, talent sustainability and leadership practices.

-         Analysis of required current and future leadership capabilities

He said that the growth cycle must be monitored from inception – growth – stature – prime- maturity and renewal, in other to build a sustainable organisation. There should be a plan for growth and succession and also individual development plan. He ended by encouraging participants to save money and invest wisely rather than spending money on frivolous items.

There was a panel discussion on ‘Forging alliances with media to address anti choice sentiments’ anchored by Yinka Shokumbi. The discussion raised awareness on various anti choice events and media and the need to begin to use advocacy to counter them.

There was a short role play on ‘The Untold Story of Gina’ which depicted sexual violence by relations, gang rape and resultant unwanted pregnancy which led to abortion by quack.

The last panel was on sexual violence and abortion. FIDA Nigeria participated in this panel with about six other discussants on ‘ The nexus between sexual violence and unsafe abortion.’  Issues that were prominent were; sexual violence in the home, at the work place, in schools and communities which most times result in unwanted pregnancy. Violence especially sexual violence is on the increase and at an alarming rate. Perpetrators are not prosecuted and are walking the streets. The fact that most women are traumatised by the incident and even though they wouldn’t want to keep the pregnancy, do not have an alternative since abortion is illegal. The point was made that prevention is better than cure. Also effort should be made to prosecute offenders as a deterrent to this heinous crime. Victims should be referred for emergency medical care at centres that could give emergency oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy within 48 hours.  Part of the challenge is stigmatisation of the victim by family and community which leads to secrecy and some time death from unsafe abortion. Aggressive awareness was advocated to sensitize communities on the ills of sexual violence and stigmatisation.

By Chigoziri Ojiaka

Ex- Officio , FIDA Nigeria               

 

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