UK, local partners discuss Nigeria gender divide

BRITISH High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul ArkwrightEMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE British High Commission in Nigeria and the government are exploring steps to bridge the gender gap and promote women’s empowerment in the West African country.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, in partnership with the 100 Women Lobby Group, have hosted a working dinner that brought together women ministers, representatives of women advocacy groups and officials of the United Kingdom in Nigeria.

This followed the celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

Arkwright expressed delight to offer a platform for the 100 Women Lobby Group.

He commented on women’s representation in Nigeria’s governance space, particularly Parliament, and hoped to see more women in positions of responsibility in the country.

“We need to work on boosting the capacity and confidence of women to put themselves forward as representatives to help lift the standing of women and girls in Nigerian society. We need to reach a point when it’s not unusual for women to be Governors, Senators, or Members of the House of Representatives,” Arkwright said.

The Minister for Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, stated that political differences do not get in the way when it comes to gender matters.

She stressed that irrespective of party affiliation, Nigerian women were united around the gender parity issue.

“There is no party politics in gender – we are all women, said Alhassan.

Coordinator of the 100 Women Lobby Group, Felicia Onibon, spoke of her organisation’s current work.

“One of the main things we’ve projected is that we should begin to look at gender accountability and that the only way we can do this effectively is to get those that are leading us to actually lead this process,” said

Other notable figures engaged in advocacy for the empowerment of women and girls in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) attended the event in Abuja.

They included Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Hajia Zeinab Ahmed, and the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on UNSDGs, Biodun Olujimi.

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