The Voice of Women Conference and Awards 2022 is set to host Presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections to speak about their plans and commitments for Nigerian women.
In a press statement issued by Women Radio, it was noted that the 6th edition of the VOW Conference and Awards will allot equal time to all presidential candidates to speak about their 2023 plans and commitments to integrate women into the National agenda.
Toun Okewale-Sonaiya, the Chief Executive Officer of Women Radio said, “VOW2022 has extended the invitation to presidential candidates to attend in person to speak to women voters and representatives of the 47.1% of Nigerian Women who voted in the 2019 elections.
“The candidates will be allotted equal time to present their 2023 and beyond plans and commitments to integrate Women into the National Agenda.”
Meanwhile, a 7-member committee has been inaugurated to steer the 6th edition of the VOW Conference. The event will be Chaired by Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC).
Other members are Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs Yiaga Africa; Oluwatosin Dokpesi, Managing Director, African Independent Television; Princess Jummai Idonije, SSA to Honourable Minister Women Affairs; Patience Dickson, Founder Advocacy for Women with Disability International (AWWDI); Seun Olagunju, Head of Corporate Communications Bank of Industry; and Aisha Falke, Founder Northern Hibiscus.
Okewale-Sonaiya explained that each member represents expertise from diverse fields and is confident the committee will diligently work to interpret and implement the mission of VOW2022.
Dr Akiyode-Afolabi described the VOW annual conference as a welcome development to gender equality discourse and another opportunity to set a gender agenda in view of the 2023 election year. On behalf of the committee, she congratulated Women Radio for creating the platform for engaging policy.
The 6th edition which is scheduled for 25 October 2022 at NAF Conference Centre Abuja will be broadcast live on national television, radio and online platforms to reach Women across the 36 states of Nigeria.