Second Lady Samira Bawumia has underscored the need for women to be given the opportunity to contribute to national development.
She has also asked African leaders to prioritise women issues in decision-making processes.
The Second Lady stressed on the need for women and girls to be given equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes.
The wife of the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia challenged Africans to stand up against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women, which retarded their economic development.
Samira Bawumia was speaking at the “Faces of Africa” Summit at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Maryland, USA.
The annual summit was held on the theme: “Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment of Females: African Women on the Frontline”.
The theme falls in line with the vision of Mrs Bawumia’s not-for-profit organisation, Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP).
The event was organised by the African Public Health Network (APHN) of the university and sought to promote conversations on public health and gender equality in Africa.
The event was also designed to showcase African culture and society and women who were making strides in the socio-economic and political spheres of the continent.
The Second Lady commended some African governments for their efforts to encourage women to participate in governance, saying there had been a significant progress in the advancement of women in Africa due to the deliberate efforts to remove barriers that inhibited women’s participation in politics and governance.