BEVERLY HILLS, March 14, (THEWILL) – Nigeria has been elected as a member of the Communication committee of the United Nations 63rd Conference on the Status of Women (UNCSW), in New York.
The Chair, 63rd UNCSW, Geraldine Byrne revealed this at the ongoing meeting of the Commission which holding at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.
She said the election of Nigeria to serve in the communication committee is in recognition of the country’s leading commitment in the struggle for the elimination of all forms of violence against women in Africa.
In a statement delivered at the Conference, on behalf of the African Union (AU), Nigeria’s minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, said Nigeria will never relent in her quest to make the country and indeed Africa a gender-friendly society.
She said that Africa will not witness any meaningful socio-political development until such a time that the concerns of women take the front burner in African nations’ policy, planning and implementation.
The minister who presented a second statement, on behalf of the ECOWAS States at the conference also stated that with 66% of its population being young people and 52% being women, the demographic profile of ECOWAS shows a mainly young and female population.
She added that the captured demographic shows that women and girls produce 70% of ECOWAS food requirements.
“Women’s active presence throughout the agricultural value chain and their contribution to the development of small livestock and its marketing cannot be over emphasised.
“It is with this dynamism that the ECOWAS heads of states and government are fighting against inequality in order to accelerate change with a strong social impact.”
Hajiya Abubakar ceased the opportunity to commensurate with the government and people of Ethiopia over the Ethiopian air crash which took place on Sunday 10th March 2019.
She said that President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences to the UN Secretary General over the demise of Nine (9) staff of the UN in the Ethiopian air mishap.