Former Mauritius President urged women to dream, dare and do
…Women are more reliable in politics than men – Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo again reiterated the the fact that women are more reliable in politics than men. He stated this at the just-concluded women conference in Lagos.
According to him, the much sort after women empowerment and emancipation will not come to be without quality women in position of power.
Also speaking, former President of Mauritius, Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, urged women to dream, dare and do. She advised women to stop disparaging other women, take education of the girl-child as very important and find a way of eradicating gender inequality.
In addition, she enjoined women to help other women, learn to take risks, help the younger generation as well as build confidence in our girls.
“The more and better the women’s contribution, the greater the economy of any nation.”
According to her, change will only come if we make it a priority because there must be a change in the mindset in order to change the narratives. “Mentoring is very important as well as doing away with negative thoughts. To succeed, we must keep dreaming, daring and truly working towards success,” she concluded.
The conference which took place at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, was organized by Murtala Muhammed Foundation, MMF.
Gurib-Fakim who delivered a keynote address at the 2018 Murtala Muhammed Foundation Women Forum on Thursday, 19th of July, 2018, called on the country’s leadership to eradicate gender inequality.
Also speaking, 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 attended the conference 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.
The Women’s Power Lunch was attended by 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 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 also addressed 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, 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.