Ekiti State University joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2016 International Women’s day with a special presentation of papers inside the Senate Chamber of the University on Tuesday, 8th March, 2016.

At a colourful event organized by the Centre for Gender and Development Studies to mark the day, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Her Excellency, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Princess Adekunbi Obaisi, Ph.D. said that women all over the world would always stand for an egalitarian society of equal opportunity for both male and female gender.

Mrs. Fayose said the theme of the 2016 International Women’s Day is appropriate as it has given hope that the society was not against the growth and development of the female gender.

The Director, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, Ekiti State University, Prof. Esther Aderibigbe said that the International Women’s Day had its origin in 1908 when fifteen thousand (15,000) women marched through New York city demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.   She said that the International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele who spoke at the occasion said that the world has no choice than to celebrate women as they occupy a very important position to ensure human continuity, preservation of the human race as well as the growth of humanity.

Prof. Bandele urged the young and old members of the female gender to work hard and occupy their place in global leadership through merit.