The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in collaboration with Women in Politics Forum (WiPF) and African Women Empowerment Guild (AWEG) held a side event at the almost concluded sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The session which has witnessed attendance from representatives of Member States, UN entities, and accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world has since its inception served as excellent opportunity to discuss critical gender issues, most of which are embedded in this year’s priority theme being “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development” and a review theme being “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”
The side event with the theme “Advancing Women’s Inclusion in Emerging Democracies” exemplified it’s prime goal of articulating forward looking strategies to increase women’s voices and visibility in emerging democracies. The event moderated by Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund recorded speeches from the likes of Rt. Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, Fmr. majority leader, Federal House of Representative, Sen. Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, a representative from Hon. Rachel R. Kamweru, Hon. Member of the Nairobi County Assembly, Kenya, other prominent Nigerians and other participants around the world. It also gave participating activists the opportunity to discuss issues and exchange strategic ideas pertaining to women and girls as well as establish networks to share good practices especially has it bothers on the African continent.