WORDOC 30th anniversary conference kicks off

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The 30th anniversary conference of the Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC) kicked off today at Gamaliel Onosode Hall, International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The theme of this anniversary conference is ’30 Years On: What Do Women Want, What Should Women Want?

While welcoming dignitaries and the audience to the conference opening, IAS Director, Dr O.I. Pogoson spoke glowingly of the importance of WORDOC as an intellectual and activist powerhouse central to the women’s movement in Nigeria and, indeed, Africa. He highlighted the challenges that WORDOC has had to come to terms with in recent times, and urged everybody to support and sponsor WORDOC in taking the cause of gender equity in Nigerian society to the next level.

The opening ceremony, chaired by Prof Kikelomo Osinusi, brought together some of the luminaries of gender and women’s studies in Nigeria, including the world-renowned historian Prof Bolanle Awe, a former Director of our Institute and founding chairperson of WORDOC. Prof Emeritus Abiola Odejide, who has served as editor of the WORDOC newsletter, was once WORDOC coordinator, and has also been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, delivered a well-received keynote address that illuminates the theme of the conference.

The opening ceremony of this anniversary conference also provided an opportunity for recognizing the efforts of those who have over the years committed their energies and resources to WORDOC’s quest for a society where women and girls can fulfil their potentialities. Awards were given out to Prof Emeritus Ayo Banjo, Prof Akin Mabogunje, Prof Oladipupo Akinkugbe, Chief Mrs Folake Solanke (SAN), Prof Toun Ogunseye, Prof Makinwa Adebusoye, Prof Omolara Ogundipe, Chief Theophilus Danjuma, Mrs Adejoke Scott-Emuakpor, the MacArthur Foundation, Prof Bola Akanji, Prof Simi Afonja, Chief Mrs Olutoyin Olakunrin, the family of Lady Kofo Ademola, the family of Lady Bank-Anthony, the family of Prof Omibiyi-Obidike, Mr Tony Momoh, Prof Anthonia Simbine, Amina Salihu, Prof Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, Prof Abiola Odejide, Dr Chinyere Ukpokolo, Hon Mulikat Akande-Adeola, Barrister Wole Olanipekun and Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Prof Bolanle Awe was decorated with the WORDOC anniversary gold sash in recognition of her pioneering initiatives in women-oriented scholarship and activism.

Dignitaries at the opening ceremony included the Oyo State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Atinuke Osunkoya, the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Due Process, Mrs Rose Oyedele, the Executive Assistant (Political Matters) to the Oyo State Governor, Dr Morounkola Thomas, and Dr Tunji Olaopa of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP).

The opening ceremony is a prelude to the panel sessions which will take place at different venues within the complex of the Institute of African Studies.

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Conference attendees
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Dr Pogoson and Prof Odejide
 
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Dr Pogoson welcomes conference attendees
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Prof Abiola Odejide delivering the keynote address
 
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Prof Awe and IAS Director Dr O.I. Pogoson
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Prof Awe and some conference attendees
 
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Prof Awe decorated with WORDOC anniversary sash
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Prof Bolanle Awe arrives at the opening ceremony
 
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Prof Kikelomo Osinusi, Prof Bolanle Awe, Dr O.I. Pogoson, Prof Emeritus Abiola Odejide, Prof Emeritus Ayo Banjo
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WORDOC 30th anniversary cake
 
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WORDOC Coordinator, Dr Sharon Omotoso
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WORDOC Secretary Mrs J.O. Oluwakoya delivering the vote of thanks