The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum (NBAWF) on Wednesday June 7, 2023 called on Executive Vice Chairman of SAPETRO, Senator Daisy Danjuma.
The visit to the senator, who is also a senior member of the legal profession was occasioned by a need to pay courtesies and honour one whose immense contribution to the success of the 2023 NBAWF Annual Conference (in commemoration of International Women’s Day), has been described as outstanding.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of the forum, Mrs Chinyere Okorocha, thanked senator Danjuma for her exceptional support, not just to the NBAWF; but to women in the legal profession; as well as those from diverse walks of life.
She said, “Your support is deeply appreciated and we could not have actualized the the huge success we recorded at our flagship event, without the strong support we received from you.”
Welcoming the NBAWF team to her office in Victoria Island, Senator Danjuma, who is also an advocate for women’s rights, informed them that she was more than happy to support any cause that would better the lot of woman locally and women globally.
“I would not hesitate to lend my support to a cause that promotes the agenda of women, because wherever women gather for a cause, it is for the advancement of other women. We are also in the minority and often do not get adequate support to operate and achieve at the same level as our male counterparts.
So, every time I get an opportunity to advocate or support women’s rights and agenda, I am more than happy to do so,” the former senate committee chair on women affairs and youth development said.
Presenting, an award of appreciation to senator Danjuma, the Chairperson of the NBAWF on behalf ExCo, Council and Members, once again expressed gratitude, while inviting her as a special guest on the “NBAWF INSPIRE- HER series, organised by the forum’s Advocacy committee- a platform where we have deep conversations with and learn from inspirational female lawyers who have achieved a great level of success in their careers.
Accepting this invitation, the former senate committee chair on women affairs and youth development, offered to host this special knowledge-sharing session with the women of the forum in October at the Wheatbaker hotel in Lagos; pledging to be a part of the endeavours of the forum, as it would contribute to the advancement of the Nigerian female lawyer.
She said, “I am broad in my interests and quite keen on any agenda that seeks the protection of women-including the education of the girl child, because an educated girl would be an enlightened and powerful woman.”
Further speaking about the forum’s activities, the former chair of the advocacy committee and current council member, Mrs Folashade Alli, informed the senator about the recent Sexual harassment policy produced by the NBAWF and launched by the immediate past president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata, and offered advocacy support to the senator, on any future projects requiring help from the women of the bar.
The delegation, led by the Chairperson of forum, Chinyere Okorocha, included the publicity secretary of the forum, Theodora Kio-Lawson’ council member, Folashade Alli; Lagos State lead, Adefowoke Ayo-Ponle; deputy chair, media & publicity, Gloria Ireka; and Ifeoma Ben, deputy chair, fundraising committee.
This meeting, indeed marks the beginning of many future collaborations between the NBAWF and this leading woman.
The visit ended on a refreshing note with everyone including the senator, elated and looking forward to the October INSPIREHER series.