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Rivers NAWOJ Calls For Gender Equality

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The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Rivers State Council, has called for gender equality between men and women in the society.
    The association, in a statement issued to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, said it was unacceptable for any society in modern times to discriminate against women or relegate the female folk to the background either at homes, offices or in leadership positions.
     The statement which was signed by the NAWOJ Chairman and Secretary, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana and Doris Morrison respectively, described the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day which is “Choose to Challenge”, as apt and urged women in Nigeria and all over the world to challenge the negative narratives that have continued to be a hurdle in the achievement of women emancipation in the society.
“In line with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, we want to encourage women to challenge the erroneous notion that some jobs can be better done by men. We insist that in this modern day when women have distinguished themselves in all fields of human endeavour, no job should be the exclusive preserve of men”, NAWOJ stated.
The Rivers State NAWOJ said this year’s celebration of Women’s Day provides yet another opportunity for women to make a deliberate choice to challenge every hurdle that hinders their growth and development or obstacles that prevent them from achieving their heart’s desires.
“We are not encouraging women to challenge the headship or authority of their husbands at home, but we urge women to challenge the obvious disparity that has made their men counterparts look down upon them as inferior or weak.
“Women should choose to challenge the barbaric act of female circumcision that is still prevalent in some societies.
“Women should choose to challenge the erroneous belief by some tribes that the girl-child ought to be married out at a tender age.
“Women should choose to challenge the barbaric act of shaving a widow’s head and even the act of subjecting her to drink the water that was used to bath her deceased husband in order to prove her innocence”, NAWOJ stated.
Meanwhile, the women journalists have used the occasion of this year’s Women’s Day celebration to congratulate Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her election and resumption of office as the first female Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and urged other women to emulate her sterling and enviable records.
NAWOJ also condemned all forms of attacks against women including domestic violence, rape, kidnapping and even hired assassination, describing them as inhuman, callous and shameless.
 While thanking the Rivers State Police Command for its prompt responses in rescuing a female journalist with the NTA, Chidiebere Onyia, who was kidnapped few weeks ago, NAWOJ called on the security agencies to always protect female journalists from further attacks, harassment and molestation.
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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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