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Expert Urges Women To Participate In Peace-Building

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Women the world over have been advised to actively participate in peace-building checking acts that could trigger crises in their respective communities.
Speaking with The Tide in Oyigbo last Tuesday, in an interview on the need for women’s contribution in peace-building globally, a renowned education expert and zonal Director of Ministry of Education, Oyigbo Local Government Area, Dr Mrs Christiana Sibor, said “women have the best source of information regarding the unpleasant activities of youths that could serve as a useful tool to enhance security in Nigeria”.
According to her, “the European Union (EU) funded project in partnership with the Federal and state, Ministries of Women Affairs and social Development is aimed at promoting women engagement in peace and security in Nigeria”.
As she puts it, “since women and children are more vulnerable in crises situations, it will not be out of place for women to be involved in peace-building in their communities”.
She said in every crisis, women and children are more vulnerable, stressing that, “they often are the majority of the people we see in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp after any crisis. This is always the situations”.
The expert noted that when there is peace in any community, this class of people benefit more, adding that children can go to schools while the women can engage in several societal activities to keep their homes.
On the benefit of peace, Dr Sibor, explained that if the women benefit more when there is peace, it will be plausible for the people to be agents of peace-building in our communities”.
She further said that women must do everything possible to sustain peace and prevent crises. “Every conflict has indicators that mature with time and if not checked snowballs into crisis. Women are more observant when it comes to raising children. This makes them better placed to provide vital information”.
The educationist, however, said that if the women report unpleasant activities of their children that are being used by enemies of peace to security personnel, it would benefit the security personnel to nip the ugly scenario in the bud.
Here her: “Today, some women cover up for children r youths in their communities who engage in acts that jeopardize peace or could accelerate an already volatile situation”.
On roles of women in the society, Sibor called on government at all levels to organize aggressive seminar and workshop for women to enable them show-case their roles in order to prevent conflicts in their communities, appealing to them to be vigilant, sensitive and report any unpleasant acts to the security personnel as timely as possible.
Meanwhile, Int’l Widows Day is a global awareness day that takes place annual on 23rd June. The day was launched by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness of the violation of human rights that widows suffer in many countries following the death of their spouse.
In many countries with traditional societies, women find themselves left in poverty when their husbands die. In some countries, these women find themselves denied of inheritance and land rights, evicted from their homes, ostracized and abused.
The children of widows also often find themselves affected, withdrawn from school and more vulnerable to abuse, especially the girls.
Thus, International Widows Day works to encourage action in achieving full rights for widows, high lighting the need for more research and statistics into violence, discrimination and poverty suffered by widows. This is geared towards developing policies and programmes to address the problem.
The ultimate goal of the day is to develop resources and policies to empower widows and allow them have access to education, work, health care and lives free of violence and abuse. Enabling them to create a life for themselves and their children following the death of their husbands as well as ending a cycle of poverty and abuse.
Meanwhile, Int’l Widows Day is a global awareness day that takes place annual on 23rd June. The day was launched by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness of the violation of human rights that widows suffer in many countries following the death of their spouse.
In many countries with traditional societies, women find themselves left in poverty when their husbands die. In some countries, these women find themselves denied of inheritance and land rights, evicted from their homes, ostracized and abused.
The children of widows also often find themselves affected, withdrawn from school and more vulnerable to abuse, especially the girls.

 

Bethel Toby & Okoh Ekene

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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