LAGOS- Nigeria will host the 10th Regional Africa Conference of World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts (WAGGGS) from August 11 - 17, a statement has said.
The statement, issued by the Chief Commissioner of the Nigerian Girl Guides, Dame Christie Tobi in Lagos has said the conference would hold in Lagos.
Tobi said the conference was usually held every three years in one of the member countries in Africa and Nigeria would be hosting it for the first time.
“We expect to discuss issues bordering on development of the girl-child and young women the world over.
“Of primary concern are ways of instilling leadership values in the girls and the young women as well as means of empowering them through qualitative education and discovering in-built skills.
“We are worried about some of the harsh conditions that the girl-child and the young women are subjected to all in the name of tradition or beliefs.
“If we do not rise against such injustice now, it might be detrimental to the quest for advancement and development of our nations, no matter which way we want to look at it” , she said.
Tobi said the theme of the conference is: African Young Women; Soaring Towards Excellence.
She added that the Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr Dlamini Zuma, is expected to be the keynote speaker.
She said conference would bring together representatives from 31 member countries of the African region and partners of the association.
Activities planned for the weeklong conference include workshops, consultations, exchange of ideas on best practises as well as contributions on strategic directions for the region.
WAGGGS is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to the development of girls and young women in the world.
The mission of the association is to enable girls and young women to develop their potential to the fullest as responsible citizens of the world.