United Nations (UN) Women through the joint EU-UN Spotlight initiative, in collaboration with female leaders in the creative arts industry, recently launched the Nigerian chapter of the Forum for Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI).
The launch of this network was attended by the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Women in Film and Television International Coordinator (Nigerian Chapter), Joke Silva, Rita Dominic, Australian High Commissioner in Nigeria, John Donnelly; The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard; The First Lady of the State of Kebbi, Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu; Representative of UN Women in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey and other stakeholders.
Lamptey said they focus on women in the creative arts industry and promoting their rights. “The 2020 Global Gender Gap Index places Nigeria in 128 out of 153 countries, there is much work to be done. This shows why this partnership with WIFTI is extremely important. “
WIFTI, a global network dedicated to promoting the professional development and achievement of women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media and in recognition of the important role played by the media industry and entertainment in the formation of attitudes, norms and culture within society, the launch of the Nigerian Chapter will provide an important organizing platform for women in this field to respond to gender-related priorities within their industry, while which will facilitate their efforts to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment more broadly in Nigeria.
Convenor, WIFTI Nigeria, Ajoke Silva thanked the immense support of UN Women in the push to start the Nigerian Network of this chapter, “We have all been working individually in the defense of the rights of women in the film industry, working with UN Women brought us together to work as a collective and work collaboratively on issues that we believe affect women and girls, we know the power we have in this sector, we know we have the power to shape minds, now we are going to learn together and work together for the good for women, humanity and Nigeria ”.
Dame Tallen expressed her appreciation to UN Women and Silva for the initiative, saying that it clearly shows that there is hope for Nigerian women and this has set the tone for others to follow.
“As much as we work to support the government in translating the international commitment on women’s rights into practice and into law and policy on the ground, we are also an organization rooted in the women’s movement in civil society, because we believe that When women come together as a collective, they are a powerful force for change, ”Lamptey said.
In drawing attention to the 30th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, Tallen seized the opportunity to call for an end to violence against women and girls, highlighting the importance of the victims speak out on others so that justice is done. served.
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