NILDS-UN-Women Sign Memorandum of Understanding

  • Monday December 16, 2019 08:49 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS Governing Council, by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, the Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).

The Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS,Prof Abubakar O. Sulaiman. at a brief ceremony in his office today, noted that the ceremony demonstrates a deepening relationship between the National Assembly and the UN-Women and the commitment of both parties to strengthen the capacity of the legislature to promote gender equality and support inclusive political participation.
“This agreement will no doubt, contribute to the strengthening the leadership position of women legislators, encourage women’s participation in politics and assist the legislature to incorporate gender perspectives in its works.”

The Country Representative to UN Women and ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey, in her remark
stated that, in the area of democratic development, “Nigeria has made critical progress. The UN
Women looks forward to what lies ahead” That is, supporting NILDS programmes through focused interventions and technical assistance with the objective of deepening and strengthening Nigeria’s democratic growth.

Emphasizing on its commitment to inclusiveness, “We will continue to support participation and rights of Nigerians and assurance that bills passed by the legislature respond to the priorities of women”.

As a first-class and prestigious institute for knowledge development, research and technical capacity enhancement, the Institute and the United Nations Women, a global organization committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women, with focus on technical intervention on the plight of women and gender diversity across all spheres of Nigeria’s national
life, has entered a sustainable partnership that will re-define the place of women.