The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has celebrated the 2017 theme of International Women’s Day, ‘Be Bold For Change’, in recognition of all women in leadership throughout Nigeria!
In a Press Statement signed by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Ms. Fatima Mohammed Kakuri, Saraki stated that International Women’s Day presents an opportunity every year for us to recognize and celebrate the talent and achievement of Nigerian women and girls.
“We must appreciate the fact that 49.6% of our mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters own or manage 48% of the informal micro-businesses in Nigeria,” he said, “Such numbers are truly significant because they demonstrate that Nigerian women contribute immensely to our social, economic, and political development.”
Saraki also said: “In everything that we do, we need to be bold for change and work towards the redefinition of opportunities for future generations of women. We need to challenge bias and inequality by standing up when women are excluded from positions of leadership. However, all of this can only be achieved through synergy of effort between men and women.”