The South-South Glow Conference of Women Judges in Nigeria took place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State at the Banquet Hall, and Government House on 21st May, 2015.
The conference which was organized by the National Association of Women Judges, Nigeria (NAWJN) in Partnership with the International Association of Women Judges with the theme: “VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN; STOP THE SILENCE”.
In his goodwill message, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson which was delivered by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Kemasoude Wodu noted that the violence against women is one that affects all segments of the society. This is because even as men, they have wives, daughters and sisters. Once any of these persons become the subject of violence, they are ultimately affected. Therefore, the subject matter is one that every person ought to take serious and fight to eradicate. He said violence against women manifests in various forms of physical assaults such as beating and application of brute force. He also thanked NAWJN for bringing this programme to Bayelsa State as it will help in eradicating this great malady affecting womanhood.
In a brief remark by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mahmud Mohammed, GCON who was represented by Hon. Justice H.M Ogunwumiju, J.C.A, he wished the participants a successful deliberation at the conference as they proffer solutions towards the eradication of violence against the women in the society.
In her welcome address, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri CON said the National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria (NAWJN) is aimed at bringing justice to all especially concerned with the prevalence of violence against women in the society and that it has necessitated the choice of the theme for the conference: “Violence against Women: Stop the Silence”. She also noted that women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence in this part of the world and urged everyone to treat this issue in the same view.
In her keynote address, Hon. Justice Helen Ogunwumiju, J.C.A the President of NAWJN congratulated Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, CON for graciously accepting to host the conference. She also noted that the Hon. Justice Abiri has been an active member of NAWJN and also part of the success story of the Executive. She stated that the Chief Judge is living up as the pride of the State. She thanked the Local Organizing Committee who worked tirelessly to make the event a great success and buy cialis online. The NAWJN President also disclosed that to promote GLOW Initiative, the Association successfully got the Nigeria Police through former Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar D. Mohammed to direct and approve the establishment of Special Victims Desk (SVD) in all Commands in the country.
Also delivering a speech, the wife of Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. Rachael Dickson also commended the NAWJN for organizing this laudable programme which she said will go a long way in enlightening the society towards fighting this violence against women. She urged parents not to accept financial compensation from those involved in perpetrating this violence against women. And if they are exposed and also prosecuted with appropriate punishment, it will serve as a deterrent to others who are involved in this crime.
Resource persons who made presentations at the conference were Hon. Justice Margaret Akpomiemie on the lecture titled, “Police Investigation and Practical Prosecution Skill on Sexual Offences”; Dr. Immaculata Tunde Oremodi, “Psychological and Medical Impact on Vctims of Sexual Offences”; Mrs. Florence A. Fiberesima, “Preservation of Gender Dignity against the backdrop of Sexual Offences”; Mrs. Marian Kombo Ezeh, “Right the Wrong, Not victimizing the victim” and Pastor Emmanuel Okolo gave a Moral talk, “Sexual Violence and Violence of God’s Temple”.
There was a courtesy call by the President and members of NAWJN to the Chairman and members of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council at the Traditional Rulers Council Secretariat, and the wife of the Governor at the Government House Yenagoa, Bayelsa State respectively and also a cocktail party was held at the Foyer, High of Justice, Yenagoa on 20th May, 2015.
Participants at the conference were Justices of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of Abia State, Hon. Justice Theresa Uzokwe, and President Customary of Appeal, Delta State, Justice O.G. Oghene, all judges of the High Court and Customary Court of Appeal in the South-South, Magistrates, Head of Service, Bayelsa State, Mrs. Rosaline Igodo, FIDA, Members of NBA, Clergy, Traditional Rulers, Nigeria Police, Market Women, School Children amongst others.