Nigerian President Launches #WeAreEqual Campaign to Promote Gender Equity

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu launches the #WeAreEqual campaign, promoting inclusive education, skill development, and gender equity in 15 African countries. The campaign, championed by First Lady Oluremi Tinubu, aims to empower women and girls through education and address gender-based violence.

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Nigerian President Launches #WeAreEqual Campaign to Promote Gender Equity

Nigerian President Launches #WeAreEqual Campaign to Promote Gender Equity

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu launched the #WeAreEqual campaign on Monday, an initiative of the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) aimed at promoting inclusive education, skill development, and gender equity. The campaign, tagged "Education as a Powerful Tool for Change," is championed by First Lady Oluremi Tinubu and has been launched in 15 African countries, focusing on health, education, economic empowerment, and gender-based violence.

Why this matters: This campaign has far-reaching implications for Africa's social and economic development, as empowering women and girls through education can lead to significant improvements in poverty reduction, healthcare, and economic growth. Moreover, addressing gender-based violence and promoting gender equity can help create a more stable and peaceful society.

In his address, President Tinubu emphasized the significance of the campaign for Africa, stating, "This campaign holds significant importance for us in Africa... I therefore congratulate you all, particularly my dear wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady of Nigeria, who has chosen education as a primary tool to champion this campaign nationwide." He further stressed the need for equal opportunities, saying, "We must continue to create opportunities for all our children to access quality education without leaving anyone behind, particularly the girl child. We must engender a society where everyone has the same opportunities regardless of who they are, because doing that leads to a stronger and more peaceful society for all."

The Nigerian component of the program focuses on promoting inclusive education and skill development. The First Lady has reintroduced the Alternative High School for Girls initiative, offering a second chance to young girls who have dropped out of school to continue their education and fulfill their dreams and aspirations. The foundation stone of one of the schools was recently laid in Osun State, western Nigeria, with more schools underway across the country, supported by state governments, the federal government, and development partners.

President Tinubu also highlighted the importance of education in national development, stating, "Education is the cornerstone of national development, and when girls are empowered to pursue their dreams, communities thrive, economies prosper, and nations succeed." The Nigerian government is implementing a N50,000 non-repayable grant program for one million Nigerians in nano-businesses and skilled trades, including women and youth, to support this vision.

The president emphasized the need to eliminate structural inequalities that hold women back on the continent and to promote laws and policies that protect and promote women's rights. He committed to ensuring that no Nigerian child is excluded from quality education that prepares women and girls to lead and bring positive change to communities. President Tinubu also vowed to work to end gender-based violence and increase learning opportunities for girls in safe and conducive environments.

The #WeAreEqual campaign's launch in Nigeria marks a significant step towards promoting gender equity and empowering women and girls through education. With the commitment of the Nigerian government and the support of OAFLAD, the initiative aims to create a more inclusive and equitable society where everyone has access to quality education and opportunities to thrive.

Key Takeaways

  • Nigerian President Bola Tinubu launches #WeAreEqual campaign for inclusive education and gender equity.
  • Campaign aims to promote education, skill development, and gender equity in 15 African countries.
  • Empowering women and girls through education can lead to poverty reduction, improved healthcare, and economic growth.
  • Nigerian government commits to providing quality education and opportunities to 1 million Nigerians, including women and youth.
  • President Tinubu vows to end gender-based violence and promote girls' education in safe and conducive environments.