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  •  Nigeria has presented a very strong and formidable candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia to serve on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande made the declaration at a dinner held in New York on Saturday The dinner held in appreciation of hellip
    UN CEDAW: Nigeria’s Eghobamien-Mshelia strong, formidable candidate- Perm Rep  
     Nigeria has presented a very strong and formidable candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia to serve on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande made the declaration at a dinner held in New York on Saturday The dinner held in appreciation of hellip
    UN CEDAW: Nigeria’s Eghobamien-Mshelia strong, formidable candidate- Perm Rep  
    Foreign1 week ago

    UN CEDAW: Nigeria’s Eghobamien-Mshelia strong, formidable candidate- Perm Rep  

    Nigeria has presented a very strong and formidable candidate, Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, to serve on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

    Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande made the declaration at a dinner held in New York on Saturday.

    The dinner held in appreciation of support given by the UN community to Eghobamien-Mshelia, to elect her as CEDAW member-elect.

     
    Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Member Elect, thanking delegates for their support in electing her at a dinner at Nigeria House in New York.

     

    In her remarks, Eghobamien-Mshelia thanked the member states for the confidence reposed in her and for sharing in her vision.

    “I have had the privilege to meet many of you during the campaign and the way you cast your votes gave me the assurance that you share in my vision.

    “It gave me the assurance that you share in my vision of empowering women economically making sure that their recovery process is engendered and addressing digital technology issues.

    “The election also shows that you share in my vision of addressing women livelihood issues and being able to use technology to respond to gender-based violence,’’ she said.

    The CEDAW member-elect assured that she would achieve her vision in the Committee.

    “I hope I will do you proud, just as you have done me proud by electing me into the Committee,’’ Eghobamien-Mshelia said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Diplomat Amb Peters Emuze has congratulated Nigeria s candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia on her election to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien Mshelia was elected in a keenly contested election held at the UN headquarters New York on hellip
    Nigerian diplomat congratulates Eghobamien-Mshelia on election into UN CEDAW
     A Diplomat Amb Peters Emuze has congratulated Nigeria s candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia on her election to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien Mshelia was elected in a keenly contested election held at the UN headquarters New York on hellip
    Nigerian diplomat congratulates Eghobamien-Mshelia on election into UN CEDAW
    Foreign1 week ago

    Nigerian diplomat congratulates Eghobamien-Mshelia on election into UN CEDAW

    A Diplomat, Amb. Peters Emuze, has congratulated Nigeria’s candidate, Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, on her election to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien-Mshelia was elected in a keenly-contested election, held at the UN headquarters, New York, on Thursday.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia, elected to fill one of the 12 vacant positions, scored 137 out of the 187 votes and she would serve for four years, beginning from 2023.

    NAN reports that CEDAW is the body of 23 independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    “I have no doubt that Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia will bring her experience to bear on the work of the committee,” Emuze told NAN in an interview.

    Emuze, had in April, won an election to retain Nigeria’s seat to serve for another four years in the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR), from 2023 to 2026.

    NAN also reports that UNCESCR is the body of 18 independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its States Parties.

    The envoy also commended Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, on single-handedly making it possible for Nigeria’s election into both the UNCESCR and CEDAW.

    “Kudos to him and his election officers for a job well done. Congratulations to Nigeria,” he said.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia’s vision is to protect women’s rights through digital and multi-sector response to gender- based violence and promote women in leadership in public and private sectors.

    NAN reports that Eghobamien-Mshelia had served as a member of CEDAW Committee in 2018 to fill the void occasioned by the demise of Nigeria’s representative.

    While serving, she set up the CEDAW Hub as a virtual support tool to enhance understanding of CEDAW among stakeholders for the two years.

    More than 100 grassroots women organisations had been trained and are assessing the hub till date.

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  •  Nigeria s candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia has been elected to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW in a keenly contested election held at the UN headquarters New York The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien Mshelia was elected to fill one of the 12 vacant hellip
    Nigerian gender expert Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, elected into UN CEDAW Committee
     Nigeria s candidate Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia has been elected to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW in a keenly contested election held at the UN headquarters New York The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien Mshelia was elected to fill one of the 12 vacant hellip
    Nigerian gender expert Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, elected into UN CEDAW Committee
    Foreign1 week ago

    Nigerian gender expert Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, elected into UN CEDAW Committee

    Nigeria’s candidate, Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, has been elected to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in a keenly contested election held at the UN headquarters, New York.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eghobamien-Mshelia was elected to fill one of the 12 vacant positions, to serve for three years from 2023 to 2026.

    CEDAW is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    The CEDAW Committee consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world.

    Speaking with NAN after the election on Thursday, Mr Muhammad Bandiya, Minister Counsellor First Committee and Elections, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN, said Eghobamien-Mshelia ‘s victory was outstanding.

    The official said Eghobamien-Mshelia scored 137 votes out of 187 votes, adding that only 94 votes were needed to be elected to the position.

    Bandiya said 24 Member States nominated candidates to fill the 12 vacant seats, noting that one of the members withdrew its candidacy, making it 23 candidates.

    He said from the 23 Members States, 10 countries from Africa contested and three countries won the election, namely Nigeria, Uganda and Egypt.

    “Twelve Member States elected are Nigeria, Cuba, Uganda, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Israel, Spain, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria Trinidad and Tobago as well as Japan,’’ he said.

    Meanwhile, Bandiya listed the Member States that lost the elections as Algeria, Georgia, Germany, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Burundi, Benin, Cyprus, Cote d’ivore and Burkina Faso.

    Earlier, Eghobamien-Mshelia in an interview with NAN, unveiled her agenda as she pledged to implement robust gender responsive investment initiatives.

    “We do have a long way to go to realise gender equality and for me, artificial intelligence, robotics are sub-sectors to understand in promoting gender issues.

    “As a new digital economy is unfolding, I think, gender issues should be central to that, and I believe that a general recommendation on gender and digital economy is something I will work with you to achieve.

    “We can push that in the CEDAW so that we have a clearer framework of a linkage between the new digital economy and gender issues.

    “We need to understand the link between digital economy and gender issues so that we don’t reinvent discrimination and for us who in developing countries, there are new, emerging investment opportunities from the global North,” she said.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia said she would bring her wealth of experience in gender issues to implement her vision and the mandates of CEDAW.

    She said she would make women’s livelihoods count in the economic growth of states evolving digital economy, world of robotics and artificial intelligence through partnerships and collaboration.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia said her vision was to protect women’s rights through digital and multi-sector response to Gender Based Violence as well as promoting women in leadership in public and private sector.

    NAN reports that Eghobamien-Mshelia had served as a member of CEDAW Committee in 2018 to fill the void occasioned by the demise of Nigeria’s representative.

    While she served, she set up the CEDAW Hub as a virtual support tool to enhance understanding of CEDAW among stakeholders for the two years.

    More than 100 grassroots women’s organisations have been trained and are assessing the hub till date. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia a Nigerian candidate for election into the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW has pledged to implement robust gender responsive investment initiatives if elected Eghobamien Mshelia who made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York said she would focus on hellip
    UN CEDAW Nigerian candidate pledges robust gender responsive investment initiatives
     Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia a Nigerian candidate for election into the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW has pledged to implement robust gender responsive investment initiatives if elected Eghobamien Mshelia who made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York said she would focus on hellip
    UN CEDAW Nigerian candidate pledges robust gender responsive investment initiatives
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    UN CEDAW Nigerian candidate pledges robust gender responsive investment initiatives

    Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, a Nigerian candidate for election into the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), has pledged to implement robust gender responsive investment initiatives if elected.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia, who made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in New York, said she would focus on programmes that would make women’s livelihoods count in economic growth.

    The election is slated to hold at the UN headquarters on Thursday.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia, who is seeking election into CEDAW for 2023 to 2026 period, was nominated to serve on the committee to fill the void occasioned by the demise of Nigeria’s representative in 2018.

    While she served, she set up the CEDAW Hub as a virtual support tool to enhance understanding of CEDAW among stakeholders for the two years.

    More than 100 grassroots women’s organisations have been trained and are assessing the hub till date.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia is seeking election to CEDAW, the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    CEDAW consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world.

    “I’m seeking election because we do have a long way to go to realise gender equality and for me, artificial intelligence, robotics are sub-sectors to understand in promoting gender issues.

    “As a new digital economy is unfolding, I think, gender issues should be central to that, and I believe that a general recommendation on gender and digital economy is something I will work with you to achieve.

    “We can push that in the CEDAW so that we have a clearer framework of a linkage between the new digital economy and gender issues.

    “We need to understand the link between digital economy and gender issues so that we don’t reinvent discrimination and for us who in developing countries, there are new, emerging investment opportunities from the global North,” she said.

    The candidate told NAN that Nigeria got visibility when she was a member of the Committee, pledging that she would implement programmes to protect women’s rights if elected.

    “When I was in CEDAW, Nigeria had the opportunity to lead the 40th anniversary of the Convention, therefore demonstrated to the whole world the commitment of Nigeria to gender equality.

    “In addition to that, I was able to bring a lot of young girls and mentored then on CEDAW reporting and women rights.

    “I also network with a lot of members. Now, am setting up women business incubation centre so that a lot of women will get trained on digital technology,” she said.

    According to her, there is energy poverty among women, noting the investment in energy is needed to address the poverty.

    “We need investors to also come and support Nigerian women so that we can engender our energy programme.

    “We can also look at digital technology to attract investors who can help close the gap,” she said.

    Also speaking at the roundtable she organised on “Expanding Gender Responsive Investment Initiative for Economic Recovery and Sustainability” at Nigeria House in New York, she highlighted the importance of women empowerment.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia said gender responsiveness is not just a rhetoric but a pathway to empowering women economically.

    “We have discovered that knowledge of women in virtual market is lower than that of men, so we are building the capacity of women in virtual markets.

    “We are partnering with Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry to prepare women for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which provides a unique opportunity to stimulate new inclusive engagement within Africa.

    “The projected 75 million dollars annual retail market needs to be carefully and maximally explored with a variety of partners who are keen on enhancing participation of women entrepreneurs.

    “Where are women going to be in the projected 75 millon dollars annual retail market?

    “That is what is driving us to focus on gender responsive investment. If we don’t, we are going to witness discrimination and exclusion for women,” she said. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN