Consultative Meeting on Financial Inclusion for Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Abuja is hosting a shareholders consultative meeting aimed at promoting and enhancing the financial inclusion of women entrepreneurs by addressing the constraints that exclude women entrepreneurs from full participation in the financial sector and assist them to become better integrated into the mainstream economy.

The ILO at a glance

The ILO is the United Nations agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. Being an organization embedded in the principle of social justice, promoting gender equality and enhancing the achievement of gender equality outcomes in the world of work, through mainstreaming gender and women’s economic empowerment are fundamental to the work of ILO.

Why ILO is promoting the initiative

It makes the linkage between employment and economic empowerment of women thus providing a rationale for paying greater attention to employment as a strategy for empowering women. Economic empowerment of women and more specifically creation of more employment opportunities, particularly those accompanied by rights, protection and voice empower women and thus enable them to challenge gender inequality and discrimination.

Actual objectives of the consultative meeting.

ILO is promoting DW for women in Africa. We are presenting you with the Concept of “financial Inclusion for women entrepreneurs. A concept by its very nature is a notion or statement of an idea, expressing how something might be done or accomplished that may lead to an accepted outcome! - Look at this as a validation of an idea.

Specific objectives

In the circumstances of Nigeria do you think this concept is a good idea? If in fact it is a good idea is the strategy proposed a good and workable strategy? Or should the strategy be amended? Is the strategy too limited, too broad or vague? How can it be improved to ensure it works in Nigeria? Are we able to take ownership for this initiative? Who shall drive this process? Should we put into place an institutional framework/ mechanism? A national task force perhaps? Who chairs? Do we need a National champion or champions?