Southeast mothers to meet on ‘baby factory’
Mothers in the Southeast will meet to find a solution to the “baby factory” menace.
The Ogbako NdiNne, gathering of mothers will hold at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu on July 26. It is organised by Access Media Ltd, publishers of Working MOMs Africa Magazine a leading publication for working and career mothers.
The Project Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Ikoku, said OgbakoNdiNne is designed to discuss motherhood, with reference to building a safe nation for mothers, infants and children in the Southeast.
The theme of the maiden edition is: “The Baby Factory Conundrum” (A social discourse on the growing menace of the baby factory activities, its debasing impact on motherhood and the pain of forced motherhood).
Experts from the government, the United Nations (UN) and other organisations in the Southeast are expected to attend the event. The summit has received support from Vlisco Nigeria Ltd, makers of Hollandaise cloth.
Explaining the reasons for her company’s support for the summit, the Marketing Manager, Multi Channels, Vlisco Nigeria Ltd, Mrs. Ada Alilonu, said: “Vlisco opposes inhumanity of any kind to indigent young women that turns them into a means of living for desperate persons, who regard it as a business.
“We will lend our voice to working mothers in saying no to baby factories and yes to wholesome, beautiful and gracious Igbo women.”
She said the Vlisco brand holds a place of pride in the lifestyle of the Nigerian woman, adding: “For over a century, Vlisco has been in a love affair with the Igbo woman through our classic wax bloc designs that have become embedded in their culture.”
The Project Coordinator of OgbakoNdiNne said the UN Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, Dr. Joy Ezeilo and former Minister of Education, Prof. Chinwe Obaji, would deliver keynote papers, adding that other erudite speakers on maternal issues, such as Unyime Ivy King, Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu and Prof. Nnennaya Kanno would feature.
She said each paper presentation would be followed by a panel of discussion by experts and stakeholders as well as a question and answer session.
According to her, a communiqué would be produced from the discussion that would become a policy document for the governments of the Southeast.
Mrs. Ikoku said the event would be rounded off in the evening with a gala night.
She said the highlights of the night included a documentary on the baby factory phenomenon, fashion show music, drama and comedy, while a charity walk would be held on July 25.
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