BrandArena: 2024 Gender and Inclusion Summit: Policy Innovation Centre to Explore Strategic Pathways for Poverty Reduction

Sunday 7 July 2024

2024 Gender and Inclusion Summit: Policy Innovation Centre to Explore Strategic Pathways for Poverty Reduction

The Policy Innovation Centre (PIC), an initiative by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), is set to investigate gender-inclusive strategies for poverty alleviation, focusing on critical areas such as health, education, and living standards. This effort will be showcased at the third annual Gender and Inclusion Summit, themed "Reimagining Gender-Inclusive Pathways and Partnerships for Poverty Reduction," scheduled for September 4-5, 2024, at the Abuja Continental Hotel in Nigeria.

Dr. Tayo Aduloju, CEO of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, emphasized that the summit’s theme aligns with the transformative goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing a detailed plan for a fairer, more prosperous, and sustainable future. He highlighted that the 2023 Global Hunger Index ranks Nigeria 109th out of 125 countries, underscoring severe hunger levels, especially among women, girls, and persons with disabilities. Dr. Aduloju noted that conflicts, climate risks, growing income disparities, food insecurity, and inflation have significantly worsened poverty and inequality levels in the country.

He noted further that “Evidence shows a parallel relationship between severe multidimensional poverty and gender inequality. Countries that perform poorly on the Global Gender Report also report the highest incidence of severe multidimensional poverty.” He mentioned that poverty is defined across three main dimensions: health, education, and standards of living, encompassing access to essential infrastructure and services.

Also, the Executive Director of the Policy Innovation Centre, Dr Osasuyi Dirisu stated that “the intersection of poverty and gender inequity underscores profound challenges in health, livelihood, and living conditions, particularly evident in Nigeria. Many families are experiencing severe poverty, aggravated by disparities in access to resources and opportunities. Addressing these poverty-related challenges requires avenues for promoting gender equity through holistic partnerships. GS-24 will offer a platform to discuss and develop strategies for addressing poverty through a gender lens.”   She explained that the upcoming summit will serve as a platform for stakeholders to engage in critical discussions, share insights, and forge partnerships that will advance the SDGs and promote inclusive economic growth.

The Gender and Inclusion Summit was conceptualized in 2022 as an annual event to provide an inclusive platform to explore transformative ways to advance gender equity, inclusion and gender-responsive governance in Africa. The Summit will explore gender-inclusive pathways to poverty reduction and the impacts of multidimensional deprivations on health, education, livelihood, and living standards. GS-24 would also leverage the collective power of government, development partners, civil society, academia, and the private sector, highlighting the importance of strategic partnerships for inclusive development.

The Summit will be a two-day hybrid (physical and virtual) event comprising plenary, breakout sessions, oral and poster presentations, learning workshops, exhibitions, side and networking events.

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