Visit to Lagos of Mrs Claudine Lepage
The Senator representing French citizens living abroad and also the vice-President of the Parliamentary Department for women’s rights and gender equality, Mrs Claudine Lepage went to Lagos to take part in a conference on women’s rights, within the framework of the International Women’s Rights Day on the 8th March. Mrs Lepage took advantage of this visit to meet the representatives of the French School, the cultural and cooperation network, the French speaking community and the French media.
On the morning of Wednesday the 7th of March, Miss Lepage met the team of the French school Louis Pasteur, and the representatives of the school board.
They spoke about many issues and projects, including the future construction site for the extension of the French school, which would make it the largest French school in the English-speaking Africa. After the visit, the Senator gave a conference about women rights to the students. Every sector was represented and there was a rich question and answer session that followed.
On the afternoon of the same day, Senator Lepage visited the Hausa Speaking service of RFI (Radio France International) radio station in Nigeria. With around 20 employees, this radio station is the one of the first of RFI’s service broadcasted in African languages (with another in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). While there Senator Lepage gave an interview about “secularity” and “women rights” which was translated into Hausa and broadcasted on the 8th of March.
On Thursday morning, Senator Lepage visited, with the deputy-director of Alliance Française Lagos, the site of the new building for Alliance Française, currently under construction in Ikoyi. The structure will comprise numerous classrooms, an auditorium, an art gallery, an outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant, a Campus France office all in one location.
The afternoon of the 8th was dedicated to the conference “Women on the move! : Gender expectations and unequal power relationships in the Nigerian society”.
In the packed Afe Babalola amphitheater, 400 students as well as some professors, Deans, and women rights activists enjoyed the panel-discussion between Senator Lepage, Prof. Sophie Oluwole (first doctor in philosophy of history of Nigeria), Rita Dominic (actress and activist), and Titilola Vivous Adeniyi (director of Domestic and sexual violence Response Team of Lagos State). The round table discussion was moderated by Tabia Princewill, a women’s rights activist and political advisor.
The conference which was organized in partnership with Unilag and Lagos State, was so appreciated by the audience that they were reluctant to bring the conference to a close after 2 and a half hours of discussions and exchanges.
A reception at the French Residence in Lagos, which was doubly themed: “Women rights” and “ the French speaking world” concluded Senator Lepage’s visit to Lagos.
- At the French School : (from left to right) Mr. Laurent Polonceaux, Consul General of France, Senator Claudine Lepage, Director Pascale lagleize, President Catherine Terraz, Cultural and cooperation Attaché Aurélien Sennacherib, CFO Willy Stienne
- On the new Alliance française of Lagos construction site, with Emmanuelle Ravot, deputy-director, Mister Bayo and Andrew Daudu, in charge of the project
- The stakeholders of the conference - From left to right : Femi Keshinro, IRPP, Senator Lepage, Rita Dominic, Titilola Vivour Adeniyi (Lagos State DSVRT), Mr. laurent Polonceaux (Consul general), Prof. Sophie Oluwole, Aurélien Sennacherib (French Embassy), Tabia Princewill (journalist, political advisor), Doctor Ibraheem Ismaïl (IRPP UNILAG)