By Justina Auta, Abuja.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has been nominated as Africa’s Leading Woman for Women Affairs and Social Development Award.
The award was conferred at the ongoing 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the largest gathering of world leaders where policy makers, captains of industries and the business community converge to interact on global challenges and also sign pacts.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant (Technical) to the minister, Mrs Jummai Idonije, in Abuja on Thursday said that the nomination was at the Foreign Investment Network Limited (FIN) Business and Investment Forum holding on the wings of the ongoing UNGA.
The statement said that the global recognition was due to Tallen’s immense contributions to women’s development and empowerment in the country.
It added that the civil decoration by FIN was to recognise persons who had made meritorious contributions to the development of their countries.
The statement said that INGO Third Sector Resource, UK, had justified Tallen’s nomination, saying: “In spite of the daily challenges she faced in combating issues affecting women and vulnerable people in her country.
“She has remained dogged in her determination to selflessly serve those in distress and ordinary citizens of her country through her laudable initiatives and interventions.”