As part of efforts to consolidate on the successes recorded in the 2016 edition of the Women and Girls’ summit, the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) in collaboration with the Office of the Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development will be convening the 2017 edition which will hold on 23rd November, 2017 at the headquarters of the NCWD in Abuja. The theme of the conference is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl" Vision for 2030.”
The Women and Girls Summit is hinged on the United Nations Declaration of December 11, 2011 which instituted the International Day of the Girl-Child. The declaration was to bring to the fore, the challenges faced by the girl-child and other issues such as gender-based violence.
The Objectives of the summit are:
- Creating a platform for high level discourse on current issues affecting the Girl-Child Education in Nigeria
- Creating an avenue for economic empowerment for marginalized Women and Girls, by focusing on Education, Violence and Security.
- Spot light the gaps and challenges in implementing intervention programmes aimed at empowering girls and women in Nigeria.
- Identify new partnerships in addressing the plight of girls and women in Nigerian communities, and
- Formulating and proposing (gender focused) programmes for Women and Girls through a well-established and sustainable mechanism for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their impact.
The Summit will have in attendance over 1000 participants, drawn from amongst secondary and tertiary students, women groups, Legislature, the Academia, Judiciary and other civil society organizations.