By Olutayo Irantiola
SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) 100 Nigeria and Rubies Vocational School have organized a one-day conference to commemorate International Women’s Day in 2016.
The conference will focus on three different areas namely politics, agriculture and technology. The conference is scheduled for the 9th of March 2016 at the Civic Center in Lagos, Nigeria.
The theme for the conference, ‘Pledge for Parity’, intends to develop and inspire female entrepreneurs in their respective pursuits and leave their mark in an otherwise, male-dominated sector.
Participants will have the opportunity of being mentored by seasoned speakers which include Mosun Belo-Olusoga (Chairperson, Access Bank PLC); Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs); Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi (Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Center); Hajjiya Aisha Babaginda (Chairman, Better Life for Rural Women, Nigeria).
Others participants include: Lolade Akande (Commissioner for Women Affairs, Lagos State); Chief Kemi Nelson,( APC Women’s Leader); Funke Egbemode (Founder, Mummy’s Integrated Farms Ltd); Mosun Umaru (Founder, Harvesters Farms Ltd) and Adanma Onuegbu (CEO, Signal Alliance)
Speaking on the need for the conference, Charles Odii, (Executive Director, SME 100 Nigeria) said “the workplace gender parity is high globally and women need to be empowered in these three areas. The drive of the organization is to encourage women to participate in the areas of politics, agriculture and technology thereby creating a multiplier effect in the society”.
This first-of-its-kind conference is open to all Nigerian women and will double as a launch for an empowerment training program, where a total of 1000 women will be trained over the course of the calendar year in various vocations.
SME 100 Nigeria and Rubies Vocational School aims to continuously stimulate entrepreneurship among young Africans through its empowerment initiatives – supporting female entrepreneurs and enabling communities to reap the transformational benefits of SME participation in the economy.
For more information, visit www.sme100nigeriaconferences.com.
Olutayo Irantiola is a Lagos based publicist and writer, he is also passionate about events that drive Nigeria into the future and loves all things Nigerian politics and entertainment.