NESG says gender equality key accelerator for achieving SDGs

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), says gender equality is critical to accelerating the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.

The Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Laoye Jaiyeola, said this on Wednesday at a press conference on the maiden edition of the Policy Innovation Centre (PIC) Gender and Inclusion Summit (GS-22) in Abuja.

Jaiyeola explained that Nigeria lagged behind in achieving the SDGs with a performance score of 46.4 and the lowest in the global gender index.

He, therefore, stressed the need for joint efforts toward abating gender inequality and inclusion-related losses to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

He explained that the Group is organising a summit to explore transformative ways to achieve gender inclusion and accelerate the actualisation of the SDGs.

“This seminar seeks to look at it from the multi-sectoral approaches, in the light of the fact that we need to work together with the high level forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.

“It has partnered with a policy innovation centre to ensure a seamless delivery of the first national level gender and inclusion summit.

“The high level forum on the SDGs is a program currently being run by the NESG with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, towards the actualisation of the SDGs by the year 2030.

“Including the attainment of gender equality, which is part of the SDG goals, the gender and inclusion summit will hold on November 16, in Abuja.

“This is to explore transformative ways to achieve greater gender inclusion and of course to accelerate the development of the SDGs,” he said.

Nigeria lags behind in achieving the SDGs with a performance score of 46.4, and the lowest in the global gender index.

Also, the Deputy Director of Policy Innovation Centre, NESG, Dr Osasiyi Dirisu, said the summit will enable them to explore transformative ways to achieve gender equality, inclusion and gender responsive governance in Nigeria.

She revealed that the summit’s theme, “Connecting the dots for a gender inclusive society,” aims at breaking down the “siloed” approach to viewing gender and helping stakeholders to understand that everyone can contribute to fostering a gender inclusive society.

Dirisu said a purple book containing gender transformative policies and programs strategies for advancing gender equality across sectors would be produced and disseminated.

She added that the summit will also identify innovative approaches to advancing gender Inclusion and gender responsive governance and recommend some policies for action. (NAN)

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