The 2020 edition of the Abia Women August Delegates Conference AWADEC organized annually by the First lady of Abia State, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu will hold on Thursday 6th of August 2020.

This year’s conference with the theme WOMEN AND THE CHALLENGE OF COVID-19 – LIVING THE NEW NORMAL, will be a virtual conference and will be broadcast on all major radio stations in the state from 1.30 pm to 3.00pm simultaneously.

As scheduled, the First Lady will deliver the opening address, while other dramatis personae include the World President of International Medical Women Association, Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, who will chair the occasion, while Professor Roseline Ndimele, professor of Linguistics at the Abia State University Uturu, will deliver the Keynote Address.

Some of the issues to be discussed during the conference are how women can promote community development in a virtual world space of social distancing, the need for women to adjust their businesses and entrepreneurship to meet the new realities of CoViD-19, how to utilize information and communication technology to access education for children and adult; and how women can play greater roles in keeping their families healthier and safe from CoViD-19.

Other issues to be explored are: how to engage information and communication technology in sustaining relationships between family and friends: , the emphasis on agriculture as a way of providing food in a shrinking economy; and how to confront the hydra-headed monster of sexual and gender based violence which has been on the increase because of the lockdown.
Women groups such as the NCWS, FIDA, wives of TC Chairmen, Ndi Ugo eze, NAWOJ, church women organization, community based groups will participate at the conference.

Highpoint of the conference is a quiz competition that will feature a first prize of a giant size deep freezer, second prize of gas cooker, a third prize set of kitchen utensils as well as several consolation prizes.
To participate in the conference all Abia women are advised to tune into BCA 88.1 Umuahia, REAL FM 99.1 Aba and other partner stations on Thursday August 6 2020 by 1.30pm.

Chika Ojiegbe
Chief Press Secretary

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