- Office Address: Ministry of Justice old Secretariat, Alagbaka, Akure.
- Phone No: 08107086714, 07032700452
- E-mail Address: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of branch inauguration: August 2008
2008 – 2014
Chairperson – A.O Adeyemi-Tuki
Vice Chairperson – Funmi Abitoye
Secretary – Olubunmi Niyi-Arajuwa
Public Relations Officer – Abimbola Ajileye
Treasurer – Bola Joel-Ogundadegbe
2014 – 2018
Chairperson – Olubunmi Niyi-Arajuwa
Vice Chairperson – Stella Adegoke
Secretary – Demehin Happiness
Treasurer – Omowumi Sadare
Public Relations Officer – Olajumoke Ogunjebi
2018 – 2021
Chairperson – Bola Joel-Ogundadegbe
Vice Chairperson – Demehin Happiness
Secretary – Pamela Olowoyo
Assistant Secretary – Remilekun Igbagbo
Treasurer – Olubunmi Koyenikan
Public Relation Officer – Jessica Achilike
2022 – 2024
Chairperson – Catherine Olajumoke Ogunjebi
Vice-Chairperson – Kudirat Abosede Gbada
Secretary – Boladale Blessing Olanrewaju
Treasurer – Yetunde Mathilda
Publicity Secretary – Olafunmiloye Bolanle
Courtesy visit to the first lady of Ondo state
On 29th June 2022, FIDA Ondo paid a courtesy visit to the first lady of Ondo state, Her Excellency Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu, to commiserate with her on the unfortunate incident which took innocent lives at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo Ondo State
The Branch commended the office of H.E for prompt response in cases of Gender Based Violence also appreciated her for being “The Voice” for women in the just concluded Primaries to the Senatorial seat for Imo East under the All Progressive Congress
In her response, Her Excellency assured FIDA of her continual support and collaboration, especially to improve the conversation on women in political leadership
International Widows’ Day
On the 23rd June 2022, FIDA Ondo was at Empire Radio 104.5fm in commemoration of the International Widows’ Day. Ably represented by Adeyemi-Tuki who spoke on the Fate of Widows and the Law in Nigeria.
Day of the African Child
In commemoration of the Day of the African Child, FIDA Ondo visited the children at Dorian Homes at Idanre Road, Akure where orphaned children are sheltered and catered for. Most of the children in shelters are products of violence associated with harmful traditional practices and abandonment which hinders their education and wholesome growth.
The Dorian Homes shelter has the capacity to shelter 700 children. The Home also currently supports 600 indigent women in skills acquisition and empowerment. FIDA Ondo team met the CEO and General Manager of the Home as well as the children, who looked very happy and well-groomed. The management expressed their delight to receive the team.
CHILD LABOUR DAY: Stakeholders Advocate Strengthening Of Social Protection System For Children
As the world celebrates International day against child labour with the theme ‘Universal social protection to end child labour’, Stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to improve social protection system for children.
According to United Nations, over 160 million children are still being used for labour, some as young as 5yrs.
Some stakeholders who spoke with Positive FM in Akure Ondo state were of the view that the figure was still high and worrisome hence the need for government to strengthen the social protection system to fight poverty, vulnerability and prevent child labour.
One of the stakeholders, the chairperson of the international federation of women lawyers, FIDA, Ondo state, Mrs Jumoke Ogunjebi opined that eradication of child labour required a systemic approach and effective policies to strengthen the education system and also guarantee a decent workplace for parents and caregivers to address the conditions that drive child labour.
Mrs Ogunjebi explained that laws had been put in place by the Ondo state government to protect children against being used for labour.
Similarly, Mrs Folasade Bamigboye of the Kids &Teens Resource Centre Akure emphasized that child protection against labour should be taken seriously by the government to reduce the increasing criminal activities some children were regularly exposed to even at a tender age.
Mrs Bamigboye submitted that the government needed to ensure the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at fighting child labour in the country.
By OLUFISOYE ADENITAN
Courtesy Visit: Special Adviser on Health to the Governor
In furtherance of its aim to strenthen collaborations with the government, FIDA Ondo state branch paid a courtesy call on Special Adviser on Health to the Governor, Prof. Francis Adedayo Faduyile on the 30th of May 2022.
Mrs. Catherine Ogunjebi, FIDA Ondo state Chairperson, led other members to discuss areas of collaboration with the Ministry of Heath especially as regards community outreaches and sensitization programs for women and children on health issues such as female genital mutilation etc. She also intimated him of the FIDA Week of the branch coming up in July 2022 and sought the support of the office of the Special Adviser.
In response, the Dr. Faduyile was very excited about the role FIDA plays in the society and assured FIDA of his support always especially as it relates to sensitizing the general public on adhering to the rules and regulations in the health sector.
Children’s Day 2022
FIDA Ondo on the 26th of May 2022, visited the Ondo State Special School for the Hearing Impaired to celebrate the 2022 Children’s Day.
They were enlightened on the ills of Bullying, as a means of guaranteeing a better future for every child in Nigeria
It was a huge experience for us especially having to communicate with sign interpretation. The children were very happy and some members of the branch also learnt a few signs.
On the 27th of April 2022, FIDA Ondo team paid a courtesy call to Kabiyesi, Oba Frederick Aroloye, the Owa of Idanre today at his Palace, and the Local Government Chairman of Idanre local government.
The team in collaboration with the NYSC Gender Vanguard thereafter visited two markets at Idanre- Oja Ale and Ojota, to speak on sexual assault to the men and women in the market.
The team was warmly received and all our IEC materials were exhausted. Special thanks to His Majesty for seeing us at short notice, Mrs. Chairperson of Idanre Local Government, Mama Aroloye, iyaloja general and National Vice President Iyalajes and Iyalojas, Nigeria; NYSC GV LGI, Mrs Awodunmila for making the visit seemless.
16Days of Activism 2020
FIDA Ondo held capacity building for paralegals at Oba – Ile Community today 11th December 2020. the training was aimed at building the capacity of community paralegals and creating awareness of SGBV as it affects the community.
FIDA Ondo Hosts a Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Administration of the Criminal Justice Law
FIDA Ondo State Branch concluded her 4 days stakeholders meeting with members of the Bar, the Bench, Police Force, and Correctional Services. The workshop was for the effective implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Ondo state 2015 (ACJL) through better networking amongst the various key stakeholders, a FIDA Nigeria project sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation
Fida Ondo State and the Deji of Akure Kingdom’s Dethronement: In May 2010, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, Ondo State branch, took to the streets with a strong protest against the battery/domestic violence/pouring of acid, by the Deji of Akure Kingdom against his queen, Olori Bolanle. The protest of FIDA Ondo State branch, led us to the office of Mr. Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and the then Chairperson on behalf of FIDA Ondo State branch and every woman in Ondo State, said the then Deji of Akure, who was beating his wife and then after poured acid on her, did not deserve to be a king to the people, as he would be encouraging men to beat their wives should he remain the Deji of Akure Kingdom. This led to the dethronement of the Deji, and he was never reinstated till date even though he wrote to the State government appealing to be re-instated saying he had learned his lessons.
The Law prohibiting Commercial bike riders from conveying pregnant women in Ondo State this law was sponsored by a bill from FIDA Ondo State branch, and it was a result of incessant accidents resulting to loss lives of pregnant women, that necessitated this law.
2014 – 2018
In the year 2018, a video of a young lady went viral, as she was being beaten and stripped off her clothes. She was naked, bleeding as a result of the beatings by some men, and a journalist in the Ondo State Radio Vision Corporation (OSRC) was seen interviewing her, while she was crying for help and naked. FIDA Ondo State, took the matter up, and ensured that the young lady got justice, and the perpetrators were brought to book.
NOVEMBER 2018 – TILL DATE:
On the 28th of March 2018, FIDA Nigeria Ondo State branch went on a protest March, to say “NO!” and “ENOUGH” to the incessant rape of young ladies in the State.
Sometime in the months of February and March, FIDA Ondo received reports of the raping of two young girls at different locations. The perpetrators in attempting to rape the girls and receiving stiff resistance from the girls, resulted to strangulation, and use of a knife to slit the stomach of the latter. This acts provoked FIDA Ondo to a protest March, as the young girls were in hospitals fighting for their lives. The protest caught the attention of the State government who also in showing support for the protest volunteered to pick the hospital bills of these victims of attempted rape and murder.
The whole state was aware of the protest March , as it was televised both in local and on the National televisions local and dailies. FIDA Ondo, hopes to use this protest to accomplish more on stopping or bringing to the barest minimum the incessant raping in the state.