Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has hosted the Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, her delegation, and various women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at her office.
The meeting was organized ahead of the National Progressive Women Conference which began in Abuja on Tuesday, January 17, 2022.
Mrs. Buhari called on women of the APC to adopt new strategies to ensure more women participation in decision-making processes.
The theme of the Conference is: “One Voice: Women Uniting for Progress.”
The First Lady said there was the need for stakeholders to support the efforts of the Nigerian women towards realising their demand for increased participation in politics.
She said; “We need to adopt better strategies to maximize our chances of having a reasonable number of elective positions and other opportunities for our womenfolk. We also need to support each other as women to better our chances.”
Mrs. Buhari also expressed optimism that the conference would provide a platform, where stakeholders would discuss and share ideas to chart a new course for greater women empowerment and participation in the decision making of the governing party.
She said; “Women need to be encouraged to participate more in politics and the country needs our participation. It is, therefore, necessary to look forward on how best we can work together to unite women in the forthcoming campaigns ahead of 2023 elections.”
She thanked the visiting vice-president, adding that her visit would boost the morale of APC women ahead of their conference.
“I am convinced, that your record as a former Liberian First Lady, a professional in politics will no doubt add value to the event”, she said.
Meanwhile, VP Howard-Taylor on Tuesday harped on the need for women to be at the decision making organs in the society, to push for more resource allocations to women empowerment, maternal and child health.
Howard-Taylor advised Mrs. Buharito use her position as President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission to sensitize and mobilize women across the region towards achieving greater women inclusion in politics.
The conference continued on Wednesday January 18, 2022 with women deliberating on several issues including gender inclusiveness in politics and a greater role for women in governance.
It is featuring over 1,000 women from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
The participants are brainstorming on ways to strengthen women political rights, address barriers to women participation in the political process under democratic systems and evolve strategies for getting them fully involved.