The first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has called on Nigeria and Thailand to harness their bilateral relations in the area of skill acquisition and capacity building for women empowerment, processing of rice, cassava and other economic goods. This was contained in the message delivered by the First Lady when she paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Thailand, Madam Yindluck Shinawatra recently at Bangkok.
In a statement by Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, the Media Adviser to the First Lady, Dame Jonathan also used the opportunity to express appreciation to the Thailand Prime Minister for having actively bolstered the bilateral relations between both countries especially since the visit of the deputy prime minister Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul few months ago.
The First lady was in Bangkok, Thailand, for the ITU Telecom world 2013, where she was invited as the ‘Child Online Protection, COP, champion’ to deliver a key-note address and add her voice to the clarion call against cyber threats and child online abuses as part of her numerous advocacies since she was inaugurated as a global ambassador.
At the visit, she commended Madam Yindluck for being the first female and youngest Prime Minister of Thailand and for also being a shining light for women in general and as a role model for the younger generation of women across the world.
While reiterating her commitment as COP champion, she said: “I will always advocate women’s rightful position through my NGOs and I believe if given the chance women can make a change in leadership positions.
She expressed hope that women in leadership positions like the Prime Minister should use their good offices to assist in the fight against cyber threats and child online abuses which is a global challenge of our time through policy advocacy, strengthening of cyber threats framework, information dissemination and also lending their voices to the global call.
On her part, the Prime Minister of Thailand, said she will foster the existing relationship between both countries, look at mutual areas of partnership and cooperation including the exchange of ideas and capacity building of women in both countries.
She thanked Dame Jonathan for visiting her country and for her unparalleled commitment to the empowerment and emancipation of women in Africa.
*Story originally reported by Vanguard.