Hundreds of women and some men involved in policy formulations from the thirty-six States of the Federation and the FCT have converged on Lagos for the 18th Regular National Council Meeting on Women Affairs and Social Development.
The annual event is organized by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social development in partnership with its counterparts in States and the private sector.
The 5-day-event has as its theme; “Peace, Security and Social Inclusion: Key Building Blocks for achieving Sustainable Development in Nigeria”
Welcoming delegates to the technical session of the annual meeting, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogu noted that the theme is apt considering the challenging situation in some parts of the Country.
The Permanent Secretary who urged delegates to be mindful of their roles as policy makers said it was imperative for them to examine the policies and programmes of government at all levels as it affect women, children, the aged, person s with disabilities and other vulnerable members of the society.
Her counterpart in the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty alleviation, Mrs. Abiola Liadi said although the State was hosting the meeting for the very first time, the peer review sessions would enable the delegates from Lagos to gauge the impact of the various gender-based programmes with a view to boosting support for those found to be very effective.
In an interview with Radio Nigeria, some of the delegates who described the annual meeting as very important gave insights into what they would be deliberating upon.
The meeting is expected to review some of the regulations and laws of the land, including those on human trafficking, social welfare, Health and security and make recommendations to enable them to capture new and emerging situations.