The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, in partnership with the 100 Women Lobby Group, hosted a working dinner Friday in support of the empowerment of women and girls in Nigeria.
The event brought together women ministers, representatives of women advocacy groups and officials of the U.K. in Nigeria to explore steps for bridging the gender gap within the country.
Attendees included the Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, Minister of State for Budget and Planning Hajia Zeinab Ahmed and Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals Senator Biodun Olujimi.
The British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, gave opening remarks that highlighted women’s representation in Nigeria’s governance space. Arkwright noted that he hoped to see more women in positions of power in the country.
“We need to work on boosting the capacity and confidence of women to put themselves forward as representatives to help lift the standing of women and girls in Nigerian society,” Arkwright said. “We need to reach a point when it’s not unusual for women to be Governors, Senators, or Members of the House of Representatives.”