Former Pres Dr Joyce Banda Ask African Leaders to Promote Women
Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda has asked African leaders to find means that would provide fertile ground for women empowerment in their countries.
Dr. Banda said this on Friday at an event to commemorate World International Women’s Day where stakeholders also celebrated effective processes of electing a Nigerian, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the first female Director General of the World Trade Organization, WTO.
`` I am congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari, and the people of Nigeria for the support of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.” Said Dr Banda, who was invited to the meeting as a special guest.
Dr. Banda and President Buhari both attended the event held virtually.
Said Dr. Banda, “as a member of the African Women Leaders Network Steering Committee, I would like first to thank you most sincerely for the role you played in supporting the candidature of Dr Ngozi Okonyo-Iweala that led to her appointment as the first African and African Woman to assume the position of WTO Executive Director. Secondly, I would like to thank the young people of Nigeria, men and women who fought gallantly through their voice to make this happen.”
Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, organized the courtesy meeting on behalf of the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE) initiative.
According to Tallen, the meeting was organized in a quest to thank President Buhari for his work to advance women’s representation in Nigeria and call for President Buhari’s support for a gender quota in the Nigerian parliament.