Lagos plans gender policy

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By Josephine Agbonkhese

A non-governmental organisation, Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre, WARDC, has begun moves for the formulation of a Gender Policy for Lagos State.

According to the Executive Director, WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who made this known at a workshop tagged ‘1st Round of Lagos @ 50 Gender Policy Dialogue,’ organised in Lagos for policymakers and stakeholders in the state by the organisation, the policy will further boost and sustain development in the state.

“Post 50 years as a state, it is important to have a Gender Policy. Thus, by the end of this policy dialogue, which is an initiative for promoting gender mainstreaming, we will come up with a gender policy for Lagos State so that it can indeed be a place for everyone. This will consolidate the successes achievements of the state government,” she said at the workshop attended by the state Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, and wife of the governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.

Ambode, in her remark, attributed the status attained by the state in the scheme of national development to the collective efforts of both men and women.

Commending the efforts of the organisation towards designing a Gender Policy tailored for the state, later in his address at the event, Ayorinde who reeled out the achievements of state government, said they were possible only because it has, in its government, the largest mixtures of women and men, in the country.

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