WIN is going to Africa and organizing its first WINConference in Nigeria

Lausanne - WIN, Women’s International Networking, is happy to announce its first African Conference. It will be held in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, on 22.23.24 November, at The Sheraton Abuja Hotel. After 19 Global WIN Conferences in Europe, regional conferences in India and Japan, WIN has decided to bring its expertise, values and spirit to Africa and is partnering with local NGO Human Resource Working Partners.

“WIN is a global organization and we support female leadership worldwide”

“Over the years, we have increasingly seen the number of women coming from the African continent to attend the Global WINConference – says WIN founder and president Kristin Engvig -. We have a long-standing relationship with Nigerian women, who have been attending the WINConference from the very beginning in Milan in the 90s. WIN is a global organization and our purpose is to connect and learn from women around the world and support leaders worldwide”. She continues: “Nigeria has a strong economy and WIN was invited to collaborate with the emerging women leaders who are fighting various socio-economic disadvantages. True empowerment fights inequality and helps in the progress of the whole society and we believe in the wisdom of non-western women that can positively impact the condition of women all around the world”.

The Conference theme: Leading the Way Like a typical WINConference, the Nigerian Conference will be a holistic event with a mix of business and personal development. The theme of the conference is ‘Leading the way’ and the emphasis will be on women empowerment as a measure of sustainable good governance. We will talk about success stories that challenge the present day stereotypical ideologies, we will talk about global trends, improving leadership skills, creating optimal work – life balance, increasing confidence, finding new possibilities which enable companies, employees and society to grow in a sustainable and gender balanced way. Ultimately, we work for women’s freedom of choice in a feminine, authentic and global way knowing that women’s empowered leadership is of critical importance to the world.

Country overview Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy, surpassing South Africa in 2014 and it is Africa’s largest producer of oil. Growth in gross domestic product is forecasted to be 3.8 percent in 2016 from an estimated 3 percent last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. However, the plunge in oil prices has hurt the economy and it has been pushing for transformation. Nevertheless, oil still generates two-thirds of state revenue. With a population of over 180 million with over 40% under 14 years of age, it is a country of great potential and great inequality: more than 40% of Nigerians live below the poverty line. The country’s deficit has also widened to 3 trillion naira in 2016 and suffers from terrorist violence and attacks from Boko Haram which especially targets girls and young women.

The condition of women is worrying. According to the 2016 Global Gender Gap report that measures the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks the progress over time in four keys areas such as health, education, economy and politics, the country scored 118 out of 144. Education, health and political empowerment are the major critical areas ranking 134, 135 and 109. Economic participation and opportunities are there; the international rank is 52 - better thank UK and Germany - thanks to an innate entrepreneurial mindset. But most of the women cannot grasp new opportunities when it arises. The large majority is illiterate (49.7% female against 69.2%) and the fertility rate is 5.3 children/woman.