The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Dame (Dr.) Patience Faka Jonathan convened the inaugural 2014 Women & Girls Summit in collaboration with the National Centre for Women Development and Friends Africa.
This event was in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child with leaders from government institutions, indigenous and international organizations and gender advocates, students, civil society representatives, seasoned speakers, and technical experts from within and outside Nigeria in attendance.
With the theme – Reinforcing the Agenda for Girl-Child Education, the summit focused on developing an all-inclusive policy framework that will help the Nigerian government achieve its objectives of addressing the immediate and long-term needs of the Girl-Child.
The summit also focused on education, health, safety and security and economic empowerment for women and the Girl-Child in Nigeria. It provided a platform for dialogue on existing barriers, challenges and progress from all stakeholders, as well as giving girls an opportunity to propose a way forward for improving education.
In her opening address, the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria stated “there is no meaningful development without women; individuals and corporate organizations in Nigeria must continue to support and partner with women to realize the goals and objectives of the summit.” She also pointed to the fact that “with the support of well-meaning Nigerians, women will be able to care for themselves, and contribute to the development of their families, communities, and the nation.”
The high point of the Summit was the presentation of the voices of the Girl-Child tagged “Girlifesto” to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Dame (Dr.) Patience Faka Jonathan and appointment of a child ambassadors from the entertainment industry, Maryam Booth as Advocate of the Girl-Child in Nigeria.
The Summit is expected to release a communiqué highlighting key conclusions from the meeting, as well as, key announcements and decisions agreed by the thematic working groups. The Summit outcomes will be disseminated on various global development platforms, circulated to stakeholders at the National, Regional and International levels, as well as the United Nations Post 2015 Development Planning Unit.