Nigeria: SADR Attends Meeting of Globalpower Women Network Africa in Abuja

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Abuja — A very high-level Saharawi delegation, led by the Minister of Culture Ms. Khadija Hamdi, participated Thursday at work of the High Level Meeting of GlobalPOWEr Women Network Africa, convened in Abuja, in the presence of heads of several African states, ministers, parliamentarians and international partners, notably Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The Saharawi Minister of Culture is accompanied by a delegation comprised Ms. Fatma Al-Mehdi, Secretary General of Saharawi Women Union, Ms. Sukeina Larabas, Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Mr. Abbi Bachraya Bachir, SADR Ambassador in Nigeria,in addition to Mr. Wadad Mustapha, charged with a mission in SADR embassy in Abuja.

Heads of the state of Liberia and Malawi, deputy president of the Republics of Gambia, deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, First Lady of Nigeria, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, as well as UNAIDS Executive Director intervened during the opening of the high-level meeting.

As a guest of honor at the meeting, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mr. Goodluck Jonathan renewed, on behalf of African leaders, commitment to promote the African woman, as to achieve the objectives of the African Union (AU) in the fight against deadly diseases and in the spread of the right to education, health and the integration of women and minors, who are victims of violence in Africa.

He stressed, in his speech, the need to take advantage of the second high-level meeting to address the delay and make the Abuja Declaration a milestone in this path.

This session focused on African women’s health status, second millennium goals in the field of the fight against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It, moreover, studied the ways to reduce violence against minors and women in conflict zones.

GlobalPOWER Women Network Africa is a network of women elected and appointed representatives which seeks to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. It promotes discussion of accelerated action for women empowerment and gender equality in the area of HIV and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, in Africa, focusing on the vulnerability of girls and young women.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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