Christopher Holloway once said,
“The life of one we love is never lost. Their influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched”.
Described as a beautiful soul who brought so much color to the life of everyone who came in contact with her, Dr. Hauwa Shekarau was celebrated for being resolute in her cause of positively improving the lives of women and children.
A night of tribute was held in her honor on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja.
Hauwa lives on in our memories.
FIDA House was officially commissioned on Wednesday, 29th of September 2021 in Abuja, FCT.
It was commissioned by Her Excellency, Dame Pauline K. Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, ably represented by Mrs. Funke Oladipo, Director; Women Development at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Abuja.
Prominent ex- national officers of FIDA were present at the occasion:
FIDA International Secretary, Florence Amesiamaka; FIDA International Director, Ezinwa Okoroafor; past CVP & Regional Vice President, Stella Omiyi; past CVPs; past FIDA International Historian & Director, Mercy Agbamuche; past FIDA International Regional Vice-President (North and West) Africa, Chief Victoria Awomolo, SAN; past national and state branch officer; current branch chairpersons, secretaries and officers.
FIDA Nigeria partners, donors, collaborators and friends also graced the occasion.
FIDA has continuously grown from strength to strength over the years, by the grace of God, through the effort and support of her members, partners and friends.
A Human rights activist with a beautiful soul, full of love and faith, now ascended to heaven away from us, but closer to God, leaving loneliness, sadness, and a great vacuum to be filled.
FIDA Nigeria mourns the passing of a great FIDA Amazon DR. HAUWA EVELYN SHEKARAU:
Current UN Representative FIDA International;
Past CVP/National President, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA Nigeria. May 2012 – December 2015;
Past Deputy Country Vice President, FIDA Nigeria, April 2006 – April 2012;
Past Chairperson, FIDA Abuja Branch, Sept 2002 – Aug 2006.
Hauwa has indeed been a pacesetter who is a great inspiration to many, an exemplary leader who led a very impactful life, touching different lives as a mother, friend, sister, colleague, associate, and mentor.
She was resolute in her cause of positively improving the lives of women and children.
This is a great loss to FIDA; she will be sorely missed.
FIDA Nigeria wishes to express her most sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau and indeed all who love and cherish her
May her soul rest eternally in the bosom of the Lord. Amen
Hauwa Lives on!!!
On the 8th and 9th of September, 2021, history was made as FIDA Nigeria inaugurated her 39th and 40th branches- FIDA Badagry and FIDA Ikorodu respectively in Lagos State.
The occasion was attended by the Country Vice President, FIDA Nigeria, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden; Regional Vice-President, Africa (North and West) Mrs. Joy Ezeigbo; National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Eliana Martins; the Asst. National Publicity Sec., Mrs. Lizzy Akah; and Chairperson, FIDA Lagos, Mrs. Philomena Nneji, amongst others.
The CVP, in her opening address, reminded all FIDANS of FIDA’s mission which is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights, interest and well-being of women and children through the use of legal framework to ensure that they all live free from all forms discrimination, violence, and abuse in the society.
She encouraged FIDANS and indeed the key stakeholders in attendance to speak out against Gender-Based Violence/Domestic Violence so as to eradicate all forms of violence in society.
She encouraged the newly inaugurated Badagry and Ikorodu branches to ensure teamwork, cooperation, and unity in their service delivery to better impact the communities and achieve greater heights.
The Regional Vice President, Mrs. Joy Ezeigbo, and the National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Eliana Martins also stressed the need to focus on the noble aims and objectives of FIDA for effectiveness and efficiency.
Goodwill messages were received from members of the judiciary, the police, learned silks, the NBA, traditional leaders, faith-based groups, and the youth and market women representatives who applauded FIDA for her great works, particularly her quest to move closer to the communities they serve.
FIDA Nigeria, bringing her services closer to the communities!
ActionAid Nigeria, in implementing the Women Voice and Leadership project, supported by Global Affairs Canada, was at FIDA National Secretariat for a mentorship visit.
The session is conducted periodically by AAN for her grantees.
During the session, the Organisation shares her challenges in establishing administrative systems and structures as well as programming while AAN proposes solutions to them.
The session also builds the capacity of staff to carry out their respective tasks.
Country Vice President FIDA Nigeria, Receives Award as a Worthy Champion of Nigerian Women, Children and Persons Living with Disabilities.
Congratulations to our Country Vice President/National President Rhoda Prevail Tyoden who has been recognized by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs as a worthy champion of Nigerian women, children and persons living with disabilities.
Award presented at the 21st National Council for Women Affairs in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Earlier this week, FIDA Nigeria received the UN Joint Spotlight Monitoring Team on a second visit to assess results recorded during project implementation in 2020. The visit also served to verify project outcomes documented in FIDA Nigeria’s 2020 Spotlight report.
On the 30th of July 2021 being the 3rd day of the NEC Meeting, the NEC members ably led by the Country Vice President Rhoda Prevail Tyoden, paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Delta State Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
This was followed by the Business Meeting wherein all the key issues pertaining to the administration of FIDA in her states were discussed. The NEC approved a FIDA centre at Gwagwalada, Ikorodu and Badagry
A formal dinner was held that evening to conclude the activities of the NEC Meeting.
On Thursday 29 July 2021, there were 2 sessions; one was the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Quarter NEC Meeting during which the Special Guest of Honour was the First Lady of Delta State; Her Excellency Dame (Mrs.) Edith Okowa
Also in attendance were the Chief Judge of Delta State Honorable Justice Theresa Diai, and the Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly;
The Chairperson of FIDA Delta, Hon. Stellamaris Mejulu gave a welcome address, while the Country Vice President/National President of FIDA Nigeria, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden gave the Opening Remarks.
The First Lady H.E Dame (Mrs.) Edith Okowa and the Honorable Justice Theresa Diai were thereafter decorated by the Country Vice President as Matrons of FIDA Nigeria.
The second session was the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program which was a Leadership session on Organizational Effectiveness & Evaluation.
The Cultural Night held that evening was beautiful and entertaining with a wonderful display of diverse dress costumes and dance by members, showcasing the different cultures of the different FIDA Nigeria branches. The State cultural dance troupe entertained FIDANs who enjoyed scrumptious traditional foods and delicacies.
FIDA Nigeria successfully held her 2021 2nd Quarter National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting from the 28th to 30th July 2021 at Orchid hotels, DBS Road, Asaba, Delta State.
It was an engaging few days which comprised a host of activities with over 31 branches of FIDA Nigeria in attendance.
The activities commenced on Wednesday 28 July, with a Cocktail party to welcome attendees.