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A National Stakeholders Consultative Forum brings people together for Women’s Day in Nigeria

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imagesOn 8 March 2016, a National Stakeholders Consultative Forum was held in Abuja, Nigeria, to advance the agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The event gathered 569 stakeholders who made policy and programmatic recommendations for the country.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ms. Aisha Jummai Alhassan, hosted the event and reminded participants that appropriate focus on the development of women and girls will lead to healthier and stronger families, communities and countries. Ms. Buhari reiterated the need to overhaul the National Gender Policy to make it more responsive to the priorities of Nigerian women as well as men in order for it to serve as an instrument towards accomplishing internationally agreed standards.

“Women and girls are at the centre of my administration.” – Senator Jummai Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development speaking on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

A week long media campaign ran in the lead up to the high level stakeholder forum, including live radio discussions and phone-in programme on Nigeria Info (95.1 FM) which highlighted gender equality and womens empowerment issues. Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, issued a statement to commemorate the day, calling for action to accelerate the attainment of gender parity through the empowerment of women.

Learn more: SUN News online, Daily Trust, The Will Nigeria

Women from Nigeria also participated in the #onedayiwill Google Doodle campaign to promote International Women’s Day.

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