Former Mauritius President meets Chibok, Dapchi girls’ Parents…Speaks at MMF Women Forum
Former President of Mauritius, Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has met with some parents of the Chibok and Dapchi girls’ parents in Lagos.
The closed door meeting took place at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island and was convened by the Chief Executive officer, Murtala Muhammed Foundation, (MMF), Mrs. Aisha Muhammed Oyebode.
At least 10 members of the yet to be released parents, it was gathered were at the meeting with the ex-President
Gurib-Fakim who is expected to deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Murtala Muhammed Foundation Women Forum on Thursday, 19th of July, 2018, being organized also by the foundation.
Speaking at the training on Wednesday, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode said the event was in furtherance of its core vision to improve the living conditions of Africans by contributing to reduction of poverty and limitation of conflict, while promoting self-reliance and self-fulfilment.
Facilitators at the training, Mrs. Patricia Obozuwa and Mrs. Clara Bot-Mang urged participants to stand out among the crowd, not lower their standard, be consistent, be present online positively, be careful of what they post, not to joke with their integrity and showcase their skills through the social media.
The theme for this year is: ‘SMART ECONOMICS: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN A CHANGING WORLD. Many of those who were at the training commended the foundation for the great initiative aimed at impacting positively on lives of women in business and different careers.
Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the first woman elected President of the Republic of Mauritius and an accomplished scientist, an entrepreneur and a sustainable development expert. Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is listed by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world.
Also, Oyebode revealed that the Women’s Power Lunch will attract the attendance of a cross generational audience of women leaders and influencers from all walks of life including government, the private sector, civil society, academia/students, media and the arts.
“So long as there is a continued reluctance to embrace the idea of female authority figures of women in power and leadership, and the gender gap remains as it is, sustainable development may continue to elude us on this continent. Can you imagine how the narrative on Africa would change if women are given their rightful place at the table? This is why the women who have broken these barriers are such powerful and compelling heroines.”
The event will address pertinent developmental issues relating to African women and afford the women opportunities to expand their business through networking, partnership, sharing of ideas and exhibitions thereby empowering Nigerian women entrepreneurs for effective, critical and pride of place the economic independence of Africa, thus preparing them for principal roles in the political management of the future of the continent.
“The Women’s Power Lunch is fast becoming a prominent feature in the annual calendar of women’s events in Africa in an ambiance that stimulates robust engagements, rich discussions and networking opportunities”.
The first edition of the Women’s Power Lunch featured Her Excellency, Mrs Gracia Machel Mandela DBE, the former first lady of South Africa and Mozambique, as Keynote Speaker. While the second featured the former President of Malawi, Her Excellency, Joyce Banda.