APC UK Professional Women Council Celebrates International Women’s Day & Exclusive Power Lunch, Inaugurates New Executives

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Former Kaduna State First Lady, Mrs. Asia Ahmad El-Rufai, along with Hon. Ronke Shoyombo, Director of the APC Professional Women Council, and Hon. Tunde Doherty, Chairman of the APC UK Interim Committee, extended their congratulations to the newly inaugurated executives of the APC UK Professional Women Council.

The updated executive committee list includes:

  1. Coordinator – Mrs. Toks Omowunmi Olunloyo
  2. Deputy Coordinator – Duchess Bolaji Odunuga
  3. Youth Leader – Mrs. Obiageli Stella Ngoesina
  4. Head, Media and Publicity – Mrs. Bolaji Odunuga
  5. Head, Contact and Mobilization – Mrs. Yetunde Awolesi
  6. Head, Training & Empowerment – Dr. Yemisi Akindele
  7. Head, Finance & Sponsorship – Mrs. Kudirat Olowosale
  8. State Coordinator London – Mrs. Gbemisola Ademola
  9. State Coordinator South England – Councillor Sade Sobanjo Etti
  10. State Coordinator North England – Mrs. Oluranti Omobola Ogunmulele

In addition to the inauguration, various speakers addressed significant topics during the event. Chioma Fanawopo, a Diversity and Inclusion specialist, discussed “How to Raise Emotionally Resilient Children in the 21st Century.”

Mrs. Asia Ahmad El-Rufai emphasized gender equality, stating, “When you can stand on your feet as a woman, the man is more likely to respect you and cherish you; he will look at you as an equal partner.”

Hon. Tunde Doherty highlighted the diaspora’s influence in Nigerian politics, saying, “We have worked so hard for nine years to make the diaspora voice heard; the constitution of APC among other parties in Nigeria now includes the diasporas.”

Hon. Ronke Soyombo expressed the council’s mission, stating, “Our aim is to create a future where women are not just at the table. We will create a network of support where women can learn from one another.”

Hon. Abike Dabiri noted that “The role of women in politics today is very very poor. In Nigeria today, only 5.6% of the senate is made up of women and the house of representatives has just 6.5%. No female governor and the deputy governors are now even less than when democracy began. The political culture is still much against us as women but we should not sit back and wallow in pity”

Further discussions delved into critical topics such as understanding the glass ceiling and encouraging entrepreneurship and financial wisdom for women. Prof. Dr. Parin Somani discussed “Understanding the Glass Ceiling,” while Amb. Lorna Marah spoke on “Encouraging Entrepreneurs and Businesses to Stand in Their Power.” The incumbent Chairman of Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri spoke on “The Role of Women in Today’s Politics” while Sharon Wint-Gordon shared insights on “Level Up! Financial Wisdom for Women.”

The inauguration of the new executives of the APC UK Professional Women Council marks a significant step towards promoting gender equality, empowerment, and inclusivity within the APC diaspora community. With inspiring speeches and insightful discussions, the event underscores the collective commitment to fostering a future where women not only have a seat at the table but also thrive and lead in various spheres of influence. As the council embarks on its journey, guided by its vision and the support of its members, it stands poised to make a lasting impact in advancing the rights and opportunities of women both locally and globally.

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