Speakers and participants at a capacity building workshop have emphasized the responsibility that the media owe the public in giving them a voice. They also charged women to stop sitting back but to take advantage of the opportunity in expressing their views, join the anti-corruption fight and agitate for a better life for women and the nation at large.
The speakers made the call at a two-day capacity building workshop on gender anti-corruption and accountability program for grassroot community coordinators across the sixteen local government areas of Kwara state. The event was organized by the International Women Communication Centre, IWCC, in partnership with WRAPA and McArthur foundation, at the IWCC centre in Ilorin.
Speaking at the workshop, a media practitioner, Mrs Iyabo Olorunnisola said that the role of women in eradicating corruption cannot be undermined following their influential position in raising future leaders and advising their husbands. She urged them to voice out and be part of decision making.
In his paper, Mr Musa Aliyu of the Leadership and Business Training Institute, expressed concern about the petty corruption among citizens in the day to day operation. Aliyu charged women to employ various strategies in combating corruption. These include peaceful Protest, enlightenment and Advocacy, Monitoring of Government Activities and influencing the Budget.
Convener, Dr. Limota Goroso said that the workshop aims to train and sensitize grassroot community women leaders and NGOs, who will in turn raise men and women as watch dogs holding the leadership responsible and accountable.