Aisha Buhari pleads ”Government should step up action on empowerment”

Nigerian First Lady

of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari has called on governments at all
levels to put in place, machinery and frameworks that would enhance the
development and empowerment of Nigerian women, to enable them compete
favourably among their peers across the world.
Speaking through
the wife of Senate President, Dr. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, during the third
edition of SHE Forum Africa in Abuja on Thursday; Mrs. Buhari said;

world must continue to wake up and pay attention to the rights and
opportunities for all human beings, girls and boys, men and women, to
reach and live up to their potentials”.

 “As a Woman,
Wife of the President, Mother of a nation, a grandmother, the fate of
the next generation – both girls and boys occupies much of my thinking.

wish to add my voice by calling on governments both at national and
international levels, private organisations and individuals to
contribute towards the realisation of sustainable community development
towards enhancing women empowerment”.

The President’s
wife also charged women to partner with governments and other agencies
to actualise gender equality and affirmative actions.

women, we need to come together for a renewed partnership to confront
gender equality issues. We have to work with governments, civil society
and private sector to redress the underlying biases and social norms
that permit women and girls to be treated less well than men and boys,”
Mrs. Buhari added.

In her welcome address, the
President of SHE Forum Africa, Inimfon Etuk tasked Nigerian women to
participate in democratic processes and be business oriented.

the heart of our organisation’s focus is the burning need to promote
conscious participation of women in democratic processes; promote
entrepreneurship and women’s business initiatives in local communities
as well as best practices in creating partnerships, financing new
enterprises, and encouraging strategic involvement in leadership,
governance and entrepreneurial programs,” Inimfon said.

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