Women at the place of honour at the French Institute in Nigeria
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Spain in Nigeria organised, in partnership with their Nigerian partners, a series of events at the French Institute in Nigeria from 7 to 17 March 2013.
Exhibition « Plights of Women »
An exhibition, entitled « Plights of Women II», was presented at the French Institute from 7 to 17 March, showing 40 Nigerian female artists’ artworks, ranging from paintings and sculptures to fabrics and installations. The artists belong to the Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FAAN) that gathers Nigerian artists from all over the country, from various social and educational backgrounds, as well as from diverse religious communities in the country. Founded in 2001, this association seeks to use the talent and creativity of women to support development, induce positive changes in the Nigerian society and promote women’s rights.
Jacques De Labriolle, Ambassador of France, Mrs Ngozi Akande, President of FAAN, and 40 Nigerian artists.
Debate on gender equality
A Round Table on the contribution of women to society and gender equality was held on March 11th at the French Institute, with, as honourable speaker, Mrs Fernandez de la Vega, former Vice-President of the Government of Spain and President of the Foundation Women for Africa. Various personalities attended the event, with, among others, the Ambassadors of France and Spain (organisers), the Ambassador of Finland, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain, Mrs Ngozi Akande, President of FAAN, Pr. Hassana Alidou, Officer-in-Charge and Country Representative of UNESCO in Nigeria, Mrs Ojobo Atuluku, lawyer and specialist of social development and constitutional issues, Mrs Patience Ekeoba, Women Rights Coordinator at ActionAid and Chair of the Development Partners Group on Gender in Nigeria and Mrs Halima Oyelade, Director of the Zuma Film Festival. Participants talked about their professional success and the difficulties they had to overcome along their career due to gender discrimination. The large attendance to the Round Table (both male and female) shows the importance of such an issue in Nigeria. The Round Table was followed by the screening of a film Flores de Otro Mundo by Spanish film-maker Iciar Bollain.
On this 2 pictures:
Mrs. Fernández de la Vega, former Vice-president of the Government of Spain and President of the Foundation Women for Africa;
Mrs. Ngozi Akande, President of Female Artist Association of Nigeria;
Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain;
Prof. Mrs. Alidou Hassana, Officer in charge, UNESCO;
Mrs. Halima Oyelade; Director Zuma Festival;
Mrs. Ojobo Atuluku, lawyer, representative of Civil Society and Director of Development in Practice;
Mrs. Patience Ekeoba, Women Rights Coordinator at ActionAid, Chair of the Development Partners Group on Gender in Nigeria;
Mrs. Ezenwa, Representative of the business sector;
Mrs. Unoma Giese, Writer, moderator.