To commemorate the International Women’s Rights Day, the Embassy of France and the InstitutFrançais du Nigeria organized a “breakfast debate” (café-débat) on March 7, 2017, centered on Nigeria’s Gender an Equal Opportunities Bill being debated at the National Assembly.
Introducing the event, Mr. Denys Gauer, Ambassador of France to Nigeria, insisted on the fact that gender equality is key to achieve the sustainable development goals. It is also a priority of France’s external action.
Mrs Brenda Anugwom, legal expert from the Policy & Legal Advocacy Center, presented the draft law, its historic background, its content and some of its controversial aspects.
Members of the House of Representatives, Honourable Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu and Honourable Evelyn OmavowanOboro, also spoke at this event as well as the Special Adviser to the President on Justice Reform, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu.
The briefing also gathered representatives from the National Human Rights Commission, Civil society organizations, the international community and the media.
A very interesting and dynamic debate followed. All participants were able to exchange ideas and experiences. A breakfast was served at the end of the discussions. Other events of this kind – aiming at bringing together some key stakeholders for discussions on specific issues – will be organized in the months to come.