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ABOUT THIS EVENT

Nala Feminist Collective was launched on 1st July 2021 at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris, France. The Inaugural Nalafem Summit will create a platform for convening young Nigerian feminists with other feminists across the continent.  The forum aims to Foster, Enable and Mobilize (FEM) women and girls across Africa and the diaspora in solidarity with Nigerian activists. The Summit provides a space of advocacy, mentorship, solidarity and partnerships– to promote the theme, “I am Nala.” 

BACKGROUND

Nala Feminist Collective (NalaFEM) is a Pan-African front of feminists with a mission to Foster, Enable and Mobilize (FEM) women and girls from Africa and Diaspora. We bridge the gap between policy and implementation, intergovernmental and grassroots as well as generational spaces. This platform emerged in 2020 from the African Young Women Beijing+25 Manifesto (B+25 Manifesto). NalaFEM efforts in collaboration with partners and youth activists succeeded to include 8 out of the 10 demands into Action coalitions and Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact. The NalaFEM Council consists of 17 women leaders under the age of 40 who are the youngest ministers, parliamentarians, activists and innovators. advocating for the B+25 Manifesto and the implementation of the Action Coalitions’ commitments towards the Decade of Action.

THEME

“I am Nala” is a theme about young feminists coming together. Nala, Simba’s dear friend and betrothed, is bestowed with the name gift or beloved. Nahla is of Arabic and African origin meaning first drink of water or water in the desert. In Sanskrit, it means stem, hollow reed. In Swahili and other languages spoken in African countries, it means Queen, lion and successful woman. 

WE AIM TO

  • Bring together young women leaders in politics, activism & innovation to exchange best practices, knowledge and expertise
  • Support advocacy efforts of Nigerian feminists especially on femicide and child marriage 
  • Take a stand against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria through Nalafem Abuja Declaration in solidarity with Nigerian women and girls and call to action to end SGBV
  • Resource Nigerian feminist initiatives with award grants  

MASTER OF CEREMONY

Master of Ceremony Ijeoma Osamora Journalist & Broadcaster Nigeria

Ijeoma Osamora
Journalist & Broadcaster 
Nigeria

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

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Hon. Dame Pauline K. Tallen OFR. KSG
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development
Nigeria

Aya

Aya Chebbi
Chair – Nala Feminist Collective
Tunisia

Ameenah Gurib Fakim


Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Former President of Mauritius
Mauritius

 

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Ms. Beatrice Eyong
UN Women Representative to Nigeria
Cameroon

 

DjibrilDiallo

Dr. Djibril Diallo
President and CEO African Renaissance and Diaspora Network
Senegal

Emma Theofelus

Emma Theofelus
Deputy Minister of Info, Comms & Tech
Namibia

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H.E Amb. Fatima Kyari Mohammed
Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations
Nigeria

Jaha Dukureh

Jaha Dukureh
UN Women Ambassador for Africa, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
The Gambia, US

Maryam Bukar Hassan

Maryam Bukar Hassan – Alhanislam
Poet
Nigeria

Natasha Mwansa

Natasha Wang Mwansa
Child Journalist
Zambia

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H.E Mme. Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Nigeria

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi_s Official Portrait - Credit_ Anny Robert

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi
Executive Director, Stand to End Rape Initiative
Nigeria

Rose-Macharia (1)

Rose Wachuka Macharia
Chief of Staff, Office of the Hon. Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court
Kenya

Rosebell Kagumire

Rosebell Kagumire
Human Rights Defender & Feminist Writer
Uganda

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Ms. Aisha Yesufu
Activist & Founder of Citizens Hub
Nigeria

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Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi
Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center
Nigeria

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Ms. Catherine Chinedum Aniagolu-Okoye
Regional Director, Ford Foundation West Africa
Nigeria

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Dr. Natalia Kanem

Executive Director, UNFPA
Panama

Samson Itodo Official headshot

Samson Itodo
Executive Director, Yiaga Africa
Nigeria

Nala Speakers Portraits

Karimot Odebode
POET
Nigeria

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Mrs. Owen Omogiafo
President/GCEO of Transcorp Plc
Nigeria

Nala Speakers Portraits (1)

Martha Muhwezi
Executive Director, Forum for African Women Educationalists
Uganda

PROGRAM

KEYNOTES
from ministers and high level decision makers on Nigeria GEF commitments to put front and center the issue of femicide, SGBV and child marriage.

IGD PANELS
Intergenerational Panels on specific thematics and country case studies with calls to action.

NALAFEM AWARDS
Celebrating young women to amplify their work and provide mentorship and support to groom the next generation of Pan-African feminist leaders.

NIGERIAN VOICES
Through inspirational talks highlighting their work and innovations.

BOOK LAUNCH
Nala Book is a hybrid book consisting of substantive essays of memoir of Nala Council.

 

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