The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asserted that the civil society is the oxygen of democracy as it acts as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth. The civil society, the Secretary General continued, ‘plays a critical role in keeping Government accountable, and helps represent the diverse interests of the population, including its most vulnerable groups.’
This was the message of Mr Ban on the observance of the 2015 International Democracy Day presented by the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja. ‘As the United Nations continues to work towards a democratic, pluralistic future for all, the State and civil society can and should be partners in building the future people want’, he added.
Speaking at the event organized by UNIC Lagos and The Strategies To Achieve Gender Equality For Women (STAGE), a coalition of women NGOs, the chairperson of the group, Dr Angela Daniel, applauded the UN intervention in the promotion of women’s rights across the world and also appreciated the coalition members’ commitment to building a Nigeria where everybody is included and treated fairly.
The programme which was a panel discussion, featured inspiring experience sharing by a female politician; a female media executive, a female entrepreneur, a representative of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the civil society.