Tuesday 25 October 2022


On the 25th of October 2022 in Abuja, the 6th edition of the Voice of Women (VoW) Conference & Awards was held in Abuja with theme - 'Towards rebuilding Nigeria: Agenda setting for inclusivity & accountability'.Six Presidential candidates were there live to reel out their 'plans' for women viz; Ado Ibrahim Abdulmalik (YPP), Peter Obi (LP), Adebayo Adewole (SDP), Bola Tinubu represented by Shettima (APC), Dumebi Kachiku (ADP) & Al Mustapha (AA).

Photo L-R: Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Toun Okewale-Sonaiya (CEO Women Radio 91.7 & Conference Convener)

The thrust of the commitment to improving the lot of the female gender according to the Presidential candidates present follows:

*Effective institutional framework to tackle bender based violence (GBV).

*Implementation of Affirmative Action (@ least 35%)

*Review of legislation that promotes the rights of women. This would include re-visiting the five women-friendly Bills thrown out by the National Assembly.

*Economic empowerment of women, including wealth creation.

*Education parity and development for women.

*Agriculture and technological innovation for women.

*prevention and mitigation of political violence against women.

Photo L-R: Tosin Dokpesi (MD AIT), Dr. Biola Akiyode-Afolabi (Chair, Organising Committee), Dr. Tunde Okewale (Chairman St. Ives Communications), Toun Okewale-Sonaiya (CEO Womwn Radio & Conference Convener), Seun Olagunju (Broadcat Journalist & Member Organising Committee), Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Princess Jumai Idonije (SSA Technical to Minister for Women Affairs)

The Chair of the Conference was Hajia Saudatu Mahdi (Secretary General, Women's Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative - WRAPA). Ms. Beatrice Eyong, UN Women Country Representative Nigeria/ECOWAS made some remarks. First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari was represented.

It was indeed a successful outing for a critical mass of Nigerian women. They heard encouraging speeches from the six Presidential candidates. I join Dame Paulen Tallen to say that Nigerian women implore whoever wins the Presidential election in 2023 to walk the talk. Congrats to Toun for hosting the successful conference. I look forwaed to VoW 2023... 


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