A four-day international conference with the theme: “Gender, Health and Sustainable Development”, was recently organized by the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWOGDs), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO).
The conference which was the seventh in the series, had the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze as chief host and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Egejuru Eze, Director of FUTO Farms Ltd and also President of FUTOWA as the special guest of honour. The conference was held at IWOGDs building FUTO on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
The lead paper presenters were, Dr. (Mrs.) E.A. Nzeribe, Chief Consultant OB/GN Federal Medical Centre Owerri and Prof. (Mrs.) Nneoma Otti, Dean of Post Graduate School, FUTO.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated that FUTO has sustained its reputation as the foremost centre of excellence for Women, Gender and Development Studies. This, he explained was in line with the institution’s vision and strategic mantra of driving the culture of excellence. He recalled that the United Nation sustainable development summit held on 25th of September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development comprising a set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) aimed at ending poverty, ensuring gender equality, good health as well as combating climate change.
He expressed concern at the rising level of poverty, high maternal and infant mortality, unemployment, gender base violence, poor health services as well as rampant outbreak of diseases in developing nations.
The chief host commended the organizers of the conference for choosing the year’s theme “Gender, Health and Sustainable Development”, stressing that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation; hoping that the conference will generate ideas and offer solutions from the gender perspective.
Prof. Francis Eze promised that the university will continue to play its own part by providing enabling environment and platform for knowledge generation and dissemination.
The Director of IWOGDs and the organizer of the International Conference, Prof. (Mrs.) G.N. Okwu LSM, in her address, revealed that the institute has continued to organize yearly conferences since its inception with the aim of providing a platform for knowledge generation, dissemination as well as intellectual exchanges.
Prof. Okwu noted that people often assume that gender problems are usually women issues, explaining that gender is a constructive role assigned to both men and women.
She commended this year’s Int’l conference theme as timely and strategic because it draws attention to the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, which help to promote and ensure healthy lives for all, at all ages.
The following topics were discussed to throw more light on the theme of the confab: Maternal and Child Health, Education and Health, Health and Gender based violence, Good Security and Sustainable Development etc.