Women of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government of Anambra State have decried an increase in social vices such as violence, rape, cultism, drug abuse and other vices among youths.
They said this was not the time to sit on the fence and watch the society decay, pledging their preparedness to tackle the menace.
Speaking on Tuesday at a two-day leadership summit with the theme: “Inspiring Women to Lead, Engage and Impact Knowledge”, the President, Ogidi Women (Home and Abroad), Mrs. Ify Okonkwo, decried the growing marginalisation and intimidation the women suffered, occasioned by their vulnerability.
She said: “This summit is to reawaken the consciousness of Ogidi women to discharge their responsibilities towards curbing criminalities that have eaten deep into the community and society at large.
“This is not the time to sit on the fence and watch women suffer increasing marginalisation and intimidation as a result of their vulnerability, neither is it the time to be docile and unresponsive to these ugly trends.
“No doubt, without women involvement and engagement in leadership positions, our community will be in jeopardy. We need women to change the status quo in our society.”
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