The French Embassy celebrates International Women’s Day in Abuja and Lagos
On the 5th, 7th and 12th of March, 2019, the French Embassy in Nigeria and the Institut français du Nigéria organized three events on combatting violence against women, on sexual and reproductive rights’ and on gender discrimination issues both in sports and in the workplace.
Both of the events held at the Institut français comprised a film screening followed by a panel discussion between Nigerians who defend women’s rights in different capacities. In his welcome addresses, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jérôme Pasquier, reiterated his support to civil society organizations (CSO) working in defense of women rights across the country. It was an opportunity to send a strong message from France in favor of gender equity and the fight against sexual violence.
On the 5th of March, the film club of the Institut français was used as a means of addressing the subject of women in sports through the screening of the film “Comme des garcons” directed by Julien Hallard. Two days later on the 7th of March, the Alliance Française Lagos showed the film “Numéro Une” by Tonie marshall for its students to spark a discussion on the condition of women in the workplace.
To conclude the women’s rights week, on the 12th of March, France and the United-Kingdom collaborated to promote the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, adopted by UN Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000, which will mark its 20th anniversary next year. The screening of the documentary filmed by the NGO, International Alert, highlighted the work of the organisation in the reintegration of female victims of Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. These rich debates were an opportunity to take stock of the problem of violence against women in Nigeria and explore additional recommendations.
- March 12th- Panel discussion between Mrs. Comfort Lamptey (UN Women representative), Mrs. Cindy-Chungong (International Alert Country-Director) and Mrs. Amy Oyekunle (CEO Wellbeing Foundation Africa)