The Executive Director of Baobab for Women’s Rights, Bunmi Dipo-Salami, says questions on how women have fared after 60 years of independence need answers inorder to chart a productive way forward.
Dipo-Salami spoke on Tuesday at a virtual intergenerational town hall meeting with the theme ‘Accountability for Women’s Development 60 years after Independence.
The virtual meeting was put together by her organisation convening different generations of women across sectors.
In her introductory speech, she said the objectives of the meeting were to assess the progress that women have made over the years, bridge the inter-generational knowledge gap among women and examine how legal and policy frameworks have impacted the exercise of women’s rights.
She said, “In essence, this convening is aimed at looking back to understand the present which in turn would enable us look forward in a productive manner.
“As Nigeria hits diamond in terms of age, we need to ask some pertinent questions around how women have fared – what gains have we made?”
She asked, “Which opportunities have we lost? How can younger women stand on the shoulders of older women so that they can see farther ahead?
“Who should we hold accountable for improving the lives of women in order to enrich the nation on the long run? Why should we hold them accountable?”
She noted that those and more were the issues the webinar sought to address along with what exactly is meant when people talk about ‘Accountability for Women’s Rights and Development in the country.