Kwara State Government will on Thursday, October 1, 2020, hold its 1st Annual Gender Equality Conference tagged: ‘Galvanising the Will to Take Actions on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’.
Speaking on the scheduled conference, the Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr Jamila Bio Ibrahim listed the speakers to include the UN Women Representative to Nigeria/ECOWAS, Ms Comfort Lamptey; ECOWAS Parliament Speaker, Tunis Sidie; First Lady of Ekiti State and frontline gender advocate, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; and the First Lady of Sokoto State and leading gender rights campaigner, Hajiyah Maryam Tambuwal.
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Other speakers are Deputy Head of Mission Of Sweden to Nigeria, Ms Anna Rääs; and World Bank Country Director (Nigeria), Shubham Chaudhuri.
The conference would feature a high-level discussion geared towards shaping actions and policies to improve outcomes for women in the West African subregion.
Kwara State under the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has emerged a regional model of gender inclusion and women empowerment, with at least 56 percent female cabinet members, roughly 50 percent female permanent secretaries, and various government’s A-list agencies and departments headed by women.
In an op-ed article titled ‘Taking Action to Empower in West Africa” ahead of the confab, the Governor said the event offers a platform to push harder for gender inclusion in government and boardrooms as a strategy for inclusive growth.
The conference is to be jointly hosted by Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Olufolake AbdulRazaq.
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