By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

The Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Professor Grace Umezurike has urged women journalists in the state to tilt their reportage towards molding the mindset of the girl child,

Umezurike stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital when the Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) paid her a courtesy visit in her office.

She urged the association to help in molding the mindset of the girl child, adding that wrong mindset was the major reason women think very poor, especially on the issue of women emancipation whenever it comes up.

She commended the association for identifying with women in positions of authority, which she said was a turnaround from what was being experienced in the past.

Umezuruike said, “It is a rare gesture for women to support their fellow women, the women folk are overcoming that setback, the joy with which we rejoice with our own now is unimaginable and it is an encouragement to all of us.

“Thank you for seeing it wise to visit me as your fellow woman. I do not take it for granted.

“I am much glad to hear that you also embark on charity work, that has shown the mother substance in you. Mothers are always driving passionate. We care more than men. I’m glad that you have not allowed your job to take you away from that caring attitude, it is worthy of emulation by other women associations.”

“Women empowerment is very important, our women need to wake up and see that they can do anything. That you are a woman is not an impediment, nothing is stopping you from being what you want to be.

“I want to appeal that as journalists that you are, if you can take the campaign to teenage girls, the mindset plays a big role in your behaviour and growth. When you grow with the wrong mindset it will be difficult for you to change when you are old. An adult has already her character formed; if you try to change that as adult you will have problems with the person,” she said

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