8 January 2013

Nigeria: UN Under Secretary to Parley Jonathan On Women Issues

The United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will hold talks with President Goodluck Jonathan on gender equality and empowerment of women in the country when she arrives in Nigeria tomorrow.

It is believed that the theme of the discussion with the president is to underscore the need for Nigeria to abide by UN's General Assembly Resolutions in July 2010 on gender equality.

Bachelet will be received on her arrival to the country by the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, and the UN Resident Coordinator to Nigeria, Mr Daouda Touré, and the UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria.

The envoy will be on a three-day working visit of Nigeria in continuation of her visit to West African, which had seen her visit Senegal and Mali, to drum home the urgent need for increase in women's engagement as the foundation for nation building and economic progress.

Aside the meeting with Jonathan, Bachelet will also hold talks with many high ranking government officials, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Governor of Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi Lamido.

The discussion with Tambuwal and other principal members of the House is essentially to facilitate the passage of pending gender-related bills that are before the National Assembly.

In addition, she will also hold talks with the President of the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja as well as members of the civil society leaders, academics and private sector.

THISDAY leant last night that, during her short stay in Nigeria, Bachelet will visit some women economic empowerment project at the Ushafa Community, Abuja where she will assess the economic impact of the projects on rural women in Nigeria.

The UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to accelerate progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Over the last two years, it has achieved results for women and girls everywhere by supporting efforts to end violence against them, bringing them to the centre of peace building, advancing their political participation and leadership and increasing their economic empowerment.

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