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Niger’s government commits that efforts will be accelerated across sectors to empower all women by 2030

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IWD 2016On 8 March 2016, the Government of Niger celebrated International Women’s Day with an official ceremony at the Palais des Congrès in Niamey. Niger’s Minister of Population, Promotion and Protection of Women, Ms. Kafa Rekiatou Christelle Jackou and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Fopde Ndiaye, attended the event to join representatives from government and civil society.

Ms Jackou reiterated the government’s commitment to step it up for gender equality and shared that every year, this day provides an opportunity for women to reflect and take action on the theme. In 2016, the theme chosen by the United Nations was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

“Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is today a principle which is accepted as essential for human development and poverty eradication.” – Kafa Rekiatou Christelle Jackou, Minister of Population, Promotion and Protection of Women, Niger.

In Niger, women representatives in parliament went from 10% in 2010 to 15% in 2014 and efforts will be accelerated across sector to empower all women by 2030.

Learn more: Niger Diaspora

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