Lola Akande, Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State, who represented Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, In her keynote welcome address at the event which focused on “Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa’s Best Interest”, the Commissioner told participants that “Lagos state firmly believes that women’s economic empowerment is a crucial pillar of sustainable development and poverty alleviation, and the achievement goals”, while expressing delight in the partnership with AWIEF.
“We are therefore delighted to partner with AWIEF as we collectively take positive strides to development solutions to the current global economic downturn through gender equality and inclusiveness. We are also delighted to know that this forum will feature the first discuss on the implementation and modalities for accessing the $300 million and formulating finance actions for women in Africa”, Akande told the AWIEF 2016 forum.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner, “with over 10 million women between the ages of 16 and 60 in Lagos State, representing single largest population of women entrepreneurs in Africa, you can be rest assured that your investment in the women will fascinate the women of Nigeria, and indeed, the women of Africa will be an inestimable legacy for the work and dedication of your organisation on the African continent.”
She also highlighted the various steps that have been taken globally in the empowerment of women saying, “The World Bank gender equality action plan exquisitely recognizes growth development benefits of women’s economic empowerment. This has been the point of global discussions for decades. Organizations like AWIEF, as well as the Africa Development Banks and are formulating finance actions for women in Africa and for a product of this global discussions.
“I am hopeful that this forum will develop a framework that can be integrated into existing policies to expand economic opportunities for women. I believe this is the right thing to do, as doing otherwise will mean inadvertently undermining the prospects of achieving our full potentials for sustainable economic growth”, Akande told the forum.