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Remi Tinubu: Women empowerment central to national development, not just social justice

Remi Tinubu: Women empowerment central to national development, not just social justice
December 14
19:00 2023

Remi Tinubu, the first lady of Nigeria, says she is committed to advocating for women’s economic empowerment.

Remi spoke after she was conferred with the “Grand patron” of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) at the state house, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to a statement released on Thursday by Busola Kukoyi, special adviser on media, to Remi, the first lady said women are not just beneficiaries but integral contributors to the nation’s progress and prosperity.

She said the NCWS has always been a beacon for advocacy, addressing systemic issues that affect women in Nigeria.

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“The NCWS is not new to me as I happen to have been a state patron from 1999-2007 when my husband was the Governor of Lagos State,” Remi said.

“I identify with you in fostering unity, promoting equality and amplifying the voices of women across every sector of our society, including creating a more inclusive and equitable nation which echoes the ideals that we all aspire to achieve. 

“As the Grand-Patron I am aware of the challenges being faced by women in our society, women continue to face discrimination, violence and limited access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities. 

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“It is our collective responsibility to address these issues and work towards creating a society where every woman can thrive and fulfil her potential.”

The first lady also pledged to create an enabling environment for women to thrive through the presidential renewed hope initiative.

“I will advocate for initiatives that support women’s health, and economic empowerment, and work towards eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against women,” she said.

Some of the dignitaries in attendance included wives of state governors, wives of members of the national assembly, wives of ministers, wives of service chiefs, and members of the NCWS, among others.

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