Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS

International Women's Day 2017: Stakeholders seek increased opportunities for Women in the world of work.

08/03/2017 - 15:46
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On the occasion of International Women's Day (IWD) 2017, key stakeholders in the advancement of women in Nigeria converged on Abuja on 8th of March to raise public awareness on the need to increase gender equality and empowerment of women and girls and end all forms of discriminations against the female gender everywhere. The event, which was organised by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with the support of the European Union and other key development partners, built on the global theme of this year's IWD – Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.

The European Union was represented by the Deputy Head of Delegation,Mr Richard Young.In his speech, Mr Young explained that The European Union has been committed to gender equality as a fundamental right since its foundation 60 years ago in 1957. More and more women in the European Union are accessing opportunities in the world of work, and in economic and political leadership.However the European Union is not  committed to supporting the 28 countries of the European Union, but also going beyond its borders.

In Nigeria,

  • only about 30% of women in Nigeria’s labour force are paid employees.
  • women constitute 60-80% of the rural work force – depending on where your are - but men are five times more likely to own land; and
  • Women are the most vulnerable in conflicts – as we have seen from the horrifying stories coming out of the North East

He further enumerated EU intervention  to contribute to promote the empowerment of women and girls. 

  • through engagement in peace and security in Northern Nigeria;
  • through contributing to the promotion of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence;
  • through supporting the health sector focussing on women and children notably in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi.
  • through providing support to Nigeria's anti-human trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking of Persons (NAPTIP).

Mr Young concluded the speech by commending  the Federal Government of Nigeria for their continued partnership with the European Union, recognised the invaluable work done by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the actions of both the federal and state Governments, UN Women, UNICEF, and all stakeholders present, for their continued collaboration in promoting the role of women in Nigeria.



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