Observance of International Women’s Day 2011

Lagos – Working with the idea to empower women and with the theme of the observance of the centenary of International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in collaboration with Women’s Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) organized a special interactive and capacity building forum on “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.

International Women's Day commemoration

The event, which was held at UNIC on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 and chaired by Mrs Antoinette Falohun, Deputy Director of Programmes at the Nigerian National Television Authority (NTA) was attended by representatives of civil society organisations working to promote women’s rights and issues, the media, female members of the Nigerian national youth service corps scheme, mothers of children with disabilities, female politicians and market women. It was highlighted by several capacity building workshops designed to provide information and skills training to participants. These included advocacy, income generation initiatives, ICT for women empowerment and career guidance for young graduates.

The Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Lagos, Mr. Charles Nosa Osazuwa gave the opening remarks and read the special message of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, while Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede, National Coordinator of WODEF, gave remarks on the importance of the theme of this year’s commemoration and objectives of the workshop.

Materials distributed at the event included the speeches of Mr Ban Ki Moon, Ms Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women, the poster featuring three female Goodwill Ambassadors: Maria Sharapova, Marta Vieira da Silva and Misako Konno, produced by UNDP.