Tallen, Burundian ambassador canvas for women dev’t

The Minister for Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has shown her willingness to work with women in leadership positions to improve many women both in Nigeria and abroad.

The minister made the announcement as he welcomed Burundi’s ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Marie-Jeanne Ntakirutimana, and her entourage to her office in the company of the ministry’s management team in Abuja.

She said; “Except that women are mothers of the nation; it is not so common to find women in leadership positions on the African continent, as the Burundian ambassador occupies.

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“If you look at all the female foreign ambassadors, we had ten before you came; I think the number is now eleven and I hope some have not left. The last time I met with all the female ambassadors, we worked closely during COVID-19,” the minister revealed her excitement.

While praising the envoy for her visit, Tallen stated that Burundi is a sister country of Nigeria and admitted that she has a cordial relationship with the country’s former ambassadors to Nigeria.

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Tallen noted that since most of the challenges in African countries are the same, the problems faced by women in the two countries are similar. According to the minister, “women work so hard for little pay; women are not recognized and given their rightful position; especially in the political space.”

She further noted that “However, Kenya has broken records by having seven female governors who have just been sworn in.”

Tallen urged the Burundian ambassador to work closely with the ministry. She also called on African leaders to allocate more positions to women if they want the African continent to move forward and make progress. The minister referred to Rwanda as a clear example on the African continent, where especially women hold sway.

In a statement issued to journalists in Abuja, the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Olujimi Oyetomi, the minister revealed that in Rwanda women’s participation in the; “The judiciary is 50-50; in the legislature it is 62%; in the executive branch it is 62% and compared to Nigeria we have less than 7%.”

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The Burundian ambassador told the minister that her country’s minister of women’s affairs would be happy to work with Nigeria on issues affecting women in general. She further stated that there is a need for the two countries to work together to advance the cause of women in the African continent.

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