The wife of Governor of Ekiti, Bisi Fayemi and President of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum has been named Woman Leader of the Year.
This is contained in a statement released to Ado-Ekiti on Sunday by Ms. Funmi Ajala, Senior Special Assistant (Media) in the Office of the Governor’s Wife. The award was presented to Fayemi at a gala evening to celebrate the first International Women’s Day awards. .
The gala evening was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Women, the European Union, the British High Commission and the embassies of the United States of America, Germany and France, to commemorate International Women’s Month.
Women’s History Month is a declared annual month that highlights women’s contributions to events in history and contemporary society.
The #IWDNaijaAwards are designed to celebrate the achievements of women and recognize individuals who have championed the political and socio-economic empowerment of women in Nigeria and beyond. In a statement from the UNDP office in Nigeria:
Speaking at the event, Fayemi said she was extremely humbled and honored to receive the Female Leader of the Year award.
“I am truly thrilled to be nominated alongside such wonderful women, all of whom equally deserve this prestigious award.
“This award is dedicated to all Nigerian women. I would like us all to remember this: we are worth it; we are powerful; we have contributed significantly; we are important; we count.
Earlier, UNDP office in Nigeria, said the award aims to leverage the opportunity of representation of 11 key countries in Nigeria by female ambassadors to advocate for increased representation of women in the space. politics and governance.
It also aims to publicly recognize champions of women’s empowerment, encourage decision makers and policy makers to ensure that adequate space is created for women in the spheres of politics and decision-making and advance the political and socio-economic empowerment of women.
The UNDP said that in addition to having women in leadership positions at the UN and other multilateral organizations, Nigeria is also blessed with female ambassadors; the Republic of Benin, Burundi, Colombia, Cuba, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, the United Kingdom and the States -United
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi is a world renowned feminist writer, policy advocate, gender and development scholar and social entrepreneur.
In 2001, she co-founded the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), a foundation that has supported the work of over 4,000 women’s rights organizations in 42 African countries, including Nigeria.
In her role as wife to the governor’s wife, she led campaigns to enact laws to protect women and girls from physical, economic, mental or sexual violence and to improve their status in the state.
She is the editor and CEO of Above Whispers, an online community for women.
In 2021, she was named among 107 Nigerian women “choosing to challenge the systems and structures that perpetuate gender inequality in the country”, by Baobab for Women’s Human Rights. (NOPE)