From left: Forthright Lady Margaret Moore – Deputy President, Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) Forthright Lady Joyce Ojemudia, President, PILA; Hon Mrs. Bolaji Dada, Lagos State Commissioner of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation; Forthright Lady Abimbola Onakomaiya, Vice President, PILA and Mrs. Adegoke Funmi, Senior Special Asst. to the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation during a courtesy visit to the office of the Commissioner in Lagos.
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Chuks Udo Okonta
Women in insurance under the umbrella body of Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) has partnered the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to bolster fight against rape, which has become increasingly a concern in the society.
PILA believes that as professionals in insurance, and given their number, they could support government in creating awareness that protects the rights of women, as well as helping the vulnerable amongst them speak up when abused.
Joyce Ojemudia, new president of PILA who led a delegation of the Association’s Executive to the office of the Honourable Commissioner, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada, said she was motivated to partner with the Commissioner after watching her closely and seeing the passion she shows in protecting the rights of women in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
Ojemudia said with the support of the Commissioner, PILA intends to deepen the advocacy on protection of women against rape and domestic violence.
According to her, PILA will be hosting a Webinar with the Honourable commissioner and some other powerful speakers, second week in August,to advocate and create awareness about protection of women, while urging for the support and collaboration of the ministry.
The Honourable Commissioner Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada in her response appreciated the partnership, while promising that the ministry will support all efforts by PILA to empower the vulnerable women in the state to overcome their little challenges.
Ojemudia who was elected the 13th President of PILA during her inauguration said a key pillar of her tenure will be to create strategic engagements and alliances with Federal and State Ministries of Women Affairs and other female Professional groups for mutually beneficial relationship.