The Lagos State Chapter, the leading branch of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, has unveiled plans to host the maiden women assembly tagged: Strong Tender & Empowered Women Summit (Stews), aimed at articulating and aggregating a collective voice to build momentum for gender equality, women empowerment and effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The free-to-attend summit, themed: â€˜Women Taking Charge, Good For Allâ€™, will engage feminists, professional women, governmental and legislative bodies, academia, corporate organisations, womenâ€™s associations, NGOs and the Media, in commemoration of the International Womenâ€™s Day on March 8, 2018 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos by 10 am.
Speaking of the Summit, the Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of NIPR, Olusegun McMedal, said that the initiative is a strategic move by the Chapter to accelerate the momentum for the call for women empowerment and deepen the Instituteâ€™s feministâ€™s scorecard. According to him, â€œThe Summit is a viable platform to bring key stakeholders to discuss issues and strategies to enhance womenâ€™s emancipation in Nigeria and itâ€™s expected to issue a CommuniquÃ© at the end of the plenary to engage the governmentâ€.
He added that, â€œthe Summit is targeted at women in higher, intermediate and lower occupations including students. For the build-up, leading women in corporate, political, religious and entertainment have been invited to share advice and tips on how to transcend social, economic and political challenge against women. Students of the School of Media and Communications, PAN Atlantic University, University of Lagos, and Covenant University have also been invited to share stories of women who inspire them to escalate the discussâ€. The Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, is expected as the Special Guest of Honour.