The title for 2017 International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change.This ceremony is the first since the creation of Centre for Gender Studies in Veritas University, Abuja in October 2017. While addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Kwaneshie urged the centre to engage in more research to promote gender equality adding that management will continue to support the Centre for Gender Studies.

           In her welcome address the Acting Director, Centre for Gender Studies Dr (Mrs) Angela Ngozi Dick thanked the Vice Chancellor for establishing and supporting the Centre for Gender Studies. She also paid tribute to the men and women that form the team of Centre for Gender Studies. To the youth she advised: books before boys; books before girls. Glowing tribute was also paid to women who had championed gender equity in the past and women who are still making their voices heard to achieve gender equality. Two resource persons presented impressive scholarly papers on gender.


          The keynote speaker, Dr Falola Yinka Anoemuah, Assitant Director National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) Abuja, presented a paper entitled “ Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programmes: The Role of the Academia in Achieving The SDGs. She emphasized that gender question is a human question that needs the contribution of both men and women especially the academia to work very hard to solve. The guest speaker, Associate Professor Uwakwe Abugu, Director Sultan Maccido Institute of Peace, University of Abujain a paper entitled “Be Bold for Change” took the audience back to history about the incredible achievements of women and espoused that the society should recognize and respect the rights of women everywhere and at all times.    

             The traditional rulers of both Garba and Zuma graced the occasion with the women of both communities who came in their numbers wearing their uniforms. A representative of the women also addressed the audience urging the university to put them in her empowerment programmes. Rev Sis Dr Marcella Amaewhule was the master of ceremony. Rev Fr Dr Anthony Amadi presented an eleven stanza poetry drama with his troupe. Altogether it was an occasion for the university to reflect on the humanity and freedoms of women and men.

 We recall that on Wedesday 9th November, 2017 the Centre for Gender Studies organized a seminar entitled “Sensitizing VUNA Students on Human Dignity. Dr Safiya I. Mohammad from UNESCO Abuja was the keynote speaker. She viewed four conceptual frameworks of human rights with the affirmation of the inviolability of the human person as having the highest value due to an inalienable humanity.