The UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS Ms. Comfort Lamptey paid a courtesy visit to the Fund on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at the Fund’s office in Gwarimpa, Abuja, Nigeria
The visit was in recognition of the critical mandate of the Fund and the role it plays in pushing for inclusion of women in the democratic space in Nigeria. Ms. Lamptey acknowledgement the Fund’s efforts in addressing the challenges women face in governance, creating spaces and access to technical and financial resources for women and advancing women’s political representation in Nigeria. She also commended the Fund’s presence on social media especially around emerging issues in governance and the mobilisation of young active citizens across Nigeria.
In her remarks, CEO of the Fund, Ms. Olufunke Baruwa welcomed Ms. Lamptey as the first ever UN representative to visit the Fund and commended her approach to collaboration with state and non-state actors for participatory governance in Nigeria. Ms. Baruwa also commended UN Women’s role in the take-off of the Fund in 2011 and called for the entity to take its advisory role in the Board’s Management structure.
Ms. Lamptey and Ms. Baruwa pledged to pursue a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership that will see synergy in strategies to improve women’s participation as we count down to the 2019 general elections and beyond.