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Nigeria: Advocating Increased Women's Economic Engagement
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201306281010.html
Source Date: Monday, July 08, 2013
Focus: Information Access, Citizens’ Service Delivery, E-Customs
Country: Nigeria
Created: Jul 08, 2013

More than 100 African businessmen and women were in attendance to examine the role that African women play in Africa's economic growth and ways that the private and public sectors can encourage and support women's economic leadership. The forum featured a keynote address from Obiageli Ezekwesili, and was followed by two panels focusing on the value of women's leadership in Africa's private sector and the impact of government investment in women.
In its second series, the SPARC programme, launched in 2012 by Vital Voices, brings together public and private sector leaders from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to develop, strengthen and officially launch targeted advocacy campaigns designed to address relevant barriers, increase women's economic engagement in the labour force and entrepreneurship and contribute to poverty alleviation over all.
"The four-year programme, intends to guide us in developing robust economic advocacy campaigns targeted at the barriers faced by women in our respective countries; limiting their full potential as entrepreneurs, senior corporate members and key influencers within governments.
"Vital Voices recognizes that women are powerful engines of economic growth and social change. Through SPARC, Vital Voices and partner businesswomen's associations are working together to enable women to fully participate in their economies," said Alyse Nelson, CEO and President of Vital Voices.
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