Nigeria to host Women and Girls Summit in October

Nigeria to host Women and Girls Summit in October

Nigeria will host the 2014 Women and Girls Summit on 13-14 October 2014 in its federal capital Abuja under the theme ‘Reinforcing the Agenda for Girl Child Education’.

The event will be held in the premises of the National Centre for Women Development.

The summit comes more than five months since the West African nation experienced one of the most violent and regrettable events involving women in its history.  On April 14 this year, the Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, a village located in the country’s north-east.

And most of these girls have not been seen since.

Despite its high-publicised status of Africa’s biggest economy, girls education in this country of 170 million remains insignificant, as one woman out of five cannot read or write, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

And now it is not by coincidence that the organisers have carefully chosen education and security – alongside health, education and economic development – as thematic dialogues for the summit.

The event is expected to be attended by women leaders and gender advocates, as well as selected teenage girls from Nigeria and beyond. The summit will be hosted by Friends for Africa and the National Centre for Women Development, under the patronage of Faka Jonathan, Nigeria’s First Lady.

Prepare yourself to attend this important gathering!

Photo: Kidnapped Nigeria’s schoolgirls sit desperate end hopeless in a Boko Haram’s hideout

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