15,000 For Women Empowerment, Peace Rally In Abuja



patience_jonathan 600(Press Release) Over 15,000 Nigerian women cutting across diverse socio-economic backgrounds will converge on Abuja on Thursday this week (August 15, 2013) for a mega rally and award ceremony to advance the cause of peace and women empowerment in the country. The epoch-making event is being organized by the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in collaboration with the office of the First Lady of the Federation. The mass rally and carnival would take stock of the gains recorded so far in the empowerment of Nigerian women and the quest for peace in the country.
The National President of the NCWS, Mrs. Nkechi Mba said in Abuja on Sunday that the event, which has the theme: “Celebration of Nigerian Women for Peace and Empowerment,” would go down as the first of its kind in the country.
The colourful event, according to the NCWS President, would feature performances by popular artistes, including Onyeka Onwenu, Yinka Ayefele, Iyanya and Sani Danja. Those expected to be conferred with awards are eminent public officers who have contributed to empowerment of women and peace enhancement.
In view of that, Mrs. Mba enjoined Nigerian women to come out “en-masse to take stock, celebrate and honour those who have demonstrated commitment to our cause as women as agents of peace, unity and development in the country.
Mrs. Mba reeled out the highlights of the day-long event to include a road show/rally and an award dinner. She explained that the carnival float by women from all spectra across the states of the federation and the FCT would start at 7am from the Old Parade Ground, Central Area through designated routes in the federal capital city centre and terminate at the Eagle Square, Abuja for the mass rally.
The climax of the event is an award dinner scheduled for 7pm the same day (15 August) at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. As the events promise to be truly epoch-making, Mrs. Mba called on the women to rise in their numbers and be part of the historic women movement in Nigeria.
The First Lady, Her Excellency Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, is the mother of the day at the event while the Special Guest of Honour is the Vice President, Architect Mohammed Namadi Sambo.

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