New Telegraph

February 26, 2024

Group to Campaign for Women Leveraging AfCFTA

Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), a not-for- profit organisation, has disclosed that it is ready to campaign aggressively for successful career women to take advantage of the forthcoming African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in order to bolster their businesses outside the shore of Nigeria.

Founder and Chairperson of WISCAR, Amina Oyagbola, made this known during a press conference on the 13th edition of WISCAR Annual Leadership and Mentoring Conference scheduled to hold on Saturday at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. She explained that AfCFTA was a good opportunity for Nigeria and from the perspective of gender and women, Nigerian women should be ready to leverage on AfCFTA, in a bid to expand their businesses.

Oyebola stated that WISCAR is committed to advancing professional women in Nigeria and across Africa in this year’s WIS- CAR conference themed: “In Her Own Voice: Forging Ahead.” She said: “I am not going to delve into the issues surrounding AfCFTA, because it is something the Federal Government is actively working on and I know some of the key actors who I have had conversations with concerning it.

“Nigeria as a country needs to prepared it’s self and positioned itself to take advantage of AfCFTA. “From the perspective of gender and women, it is important that we the women gets ourselves ready and prepared to size the opportunities coming.

And that is part of what we like to do at our conference to bring to life the issue that should be front and center, and also we should be aware of, because one thing about us women, sometimes you just sit down and just focus on something that is in the front of us, without lifting our heads up to understand what is happening in the external environment.

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