The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), in collaboration with Star Children Development Initiative, is set to host Every Woman Matters UK Summit in the State next year.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande stated this during a courtesy visit to the Ministry by the Founder of Star Children Development Initiative in appreciation of the State Government’s support and participation in the UK Summit held last June.
Welcoming the Star Child Development Initiative Team led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Grace Alexandra Abimbola to the Ministry, Akande disclosed that the Summit will focus on Africa Women and Development particularly, Women Living with Disability.
According to her, aside from the efforts of government on training women in vocational skills and making them self- reliant, there is need to create more awareness by engaging women all over the globe such as the gathering in the United Kingdom early this year.
The gathering, she said, was able to proffer solutions to women problems, engage in deliberations and concrete actions to achieve sustainable development for the women in the society.
Akande averred that no woman would be left behind, adding that delegates drawn from different Commonwealth countries will attend the summit to make presentations and hold discussions on topical issues such as Africa Women Equality and Empowerment, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Empowering the Disadvantaged Women etc.
Speaking earlier, the CEO of Star Child Development Initiative, Mrs. Grace Alexandra Abimbola expressed her organization’s gratitude to the Ministry particularly the Management Staff for its attendance and support at the U K Summit.
She reiterated that “Every Woman Matters” is a movement focussed on highlighting problems being faced by women globally and proffering solutions, enlighten them on how to know their rights and mainstream their development.
Abimbola expressed her delight that Lagos would be co-sponsoring the Summit in the State next year, stressing that this will further encourage women in Lagos to be bold and resilient in handling matters affecting their gender.