By Chinyere Okoroafor
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has launched a platform to tackle gender discrimination.
It initiated the NESG Community of Practice (CoP) on Gender to enhance equal opportunities for women.
This coming after the 2019 WEF Global Gender Gap report ranked Nigeria 132 out of 149 in bridging the gender gap.
According to NESG, this is a poor performance on a worldwide scale.
NESG Vice Chairman, Niyi Yusuf, said the group noticed that issues relating to some large stakeholder groups such as women and youths may not be optimally resolved within the Policy Commissions structure it operates.
Speaking during a gender meeting, he said there was the need to for the Communities of Practice to tackle these central issues that will guarantee a sustainable and vibrant economy by the year 2050.
“A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people (typically across different organisations) that share a concern or passion for a common goal and work together to achieve the said goal,” he said.
According to a United Nations (2017) report, “advancing gender equality is smart economics, sound business practice and essential development policy.”
It adds: “When women and men have equal opportunities to shape their own lives and contribute to their families, communities and countries, it leads to enhanced productivity, improved development outcomes and better performance by business and institutions.”
NESG Corporate Services Head Mrs Nkechi Onyensosaid the CoP will allow key stakeholders/individuals across private and public sector groups collectively own and champion the issues around women through the NESG’s structured approach of deliberating, agreeing and advocating on policy focal points.
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