The first women panel in the country with the theme, ‘Women and social responsibility’, organised by Ufuk Dialogue Foundation in collaboration with Daily Trust Newspaper was held in Abuja on 18th May, 2013. Women from all walks of life ranging from politics, business, media, fashion, entertainment, education, religious , educational and philanthropic sectors were all at the Nigerian Turkish Nile University, the venue of the event, to deliberate, empower and inspire the next generation of women in Nigeria in carrying out their social responsibilities and building a better society. The panellists Included; An Advisory Board Member, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), Dame Priscillia Kuye; Secretary General, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi and Asst. Prof. Dr. Mrs. Sengul Celik of the Fatih University Istanbul Turkey.Summary of the panel by Dr. Pauline Eunice at Nigerian Turkish Nile University (Dept. of Bus. Admin) and Hajiya Aisha Kabiru Yusuf an Editorial Board Member of Daily Trust Newspaper was the Moderator while the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Hajiya Zainab Maina was the Guest of Honour and gave the Opening Speech. Wife of the FCT Minister Her Excellency Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed graced the event as the Mother of the Day.
Guest of Honour and Opening Speech, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina said the government realises that the responsibilities of women in the society are enormous and it is doing everything within its power to see that women are well represented in all spheres of life.
Wife of the FCT Minister and Mother of the Day, Her Excellency Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed said the contribution of women in the society can never be under estimated. “That is why my foundation took it upon itself to see to the needs of the less privileged women. We cannot fold our hands as women and ignore the needs of other humans because we are not involved.
She called for more efforts to educate the girl child especially in communities where girls still don’t go to school. She urged mothers to acquire religious education as it will enable them raise their children well.