19 th December, 2016
On behalf of Nigerian women and indeed, African women, we heartily congratulate Amina J. Mohammed, the Honourable Minister of Environment, Nigeria, for a well earned and deserved appointment as the new Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. This is another testimony to her great and avowed commitment to the people and the planet.
The exemplary life of service of Ms. Amina Mohammed since her days as the National moderator of Civil Society Action Coalition On Education for All (CSACEFA) to her meritorious service in coordinating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), her recent role in catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and her current transformative leadership as Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment; have demonstrated unwavering commitment, dedication and passion to the cause of humanity.
In all these positions Ms. Amina Mohammed has inspired us women to strive to be the best and aim for the stars. We have drawn inspiration from her leadership, encouragement and wealth of experience. We are therefore not surprised that her dedication, passion and doggedness has propelled her to achieve the feat of been the first woman in Nigeria to attain this new position.
Her latest accomplishments are indeed no mean feat; it is a signal to all women everywhere that women can shatter the glass ceiling and at the same time a clarion call for the enthronement of women’s leadership in the world.
Assuredly, we women are solidly behind her, we stand by and support her to succeed in this new position.
We commend President Mohammed Buhari and Nigeria people for reposing confidence in Ms. Amina Mohammed to take on the Position of the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.
While we appreciate the President for appointing Amina Mohammed, we are very much aware that she deserves it, we take this opportunity to call for more openings and opportunities for smart and hardworking Nigerian and African women into appointive leadership positions at all levels.
Congratulations again! We are proud of you and your achievements.
Continue to climb new heights of success! You are unstoppable!
Priscilla M. Achakpa-Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria/Organizing Partner-Women’s Major Group
For and on behalf of Nigerian and African Women’s Major Group
1. Ms. Titilope Akosa – Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) – Nigeria
2. Sascha A Gabizon- Women Engage for a Common Future- International and Organizing Partner, Women Major Groups (WMG)
3. Anne Addeh- Women and Youths Environmental Safety and Empowerment Organisation a.k.a EWAY for Development
4. Ms. Ugbaa Sewuese Mary –Angel support Foundation – Nigeria
5. Thelma Munhequete – Africa foundation for Sustainable Development- Mozambique
6. Mrs. Semia Gharbi: Association de l’Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations: AEEFG, -Tunisia
7. Amb Caroline Usikpedo – Niger Delta Women’s movement for Peace and DevelopmentNigeria
8. Louisa Ono Eikhomun- Echoes of Women in Africa (ECOWA) Nigeria
9. Judith Kateule- Africa Foundation for Sustainable Development (AFSD)-Zambia
10. Attah Benson- Community Emergency Response Initiative, Nigeria
11. Juliana Agema-Charles and Doosurgh Abaagu Foundation, Nigeria
12. Felicia Onibon- Change Managers International Network, Country Coordinator Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya GEC
13. Omoyemen Lucia Odigie-Emmanuel- Centre for Human Rights and Climate Change Research, Nigeria
14. Zenabou Segda- Women Environmental Programme, Burkina Faso
15. TSONYA – ACAKPO ADDRA Brigitte- Women Environmental Programme, Togo
16. Elizabeth Jeyol- Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI), Nigeria 17. Cécile NDJEBET Presidente REFACOF/Coordonnatrice Nat. Cameroon
18. Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi- Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Uganda
19. Mrs. Hawa Nibi Amenga-Etego- GrassRootsAfrica, Ghana
20. Juliet Wombo-Kwande Sisters Foundation, Nigeria
21. Nnenna Nwakanma- Africa Regional Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation
22. Colette BENOUDJI, Lead Tchad
23. Akurut Violet Adome (Hon) Member of Parliament Uganda and Founder Member and Chair Katakwi Grassroots Women Development Initiative (KAWODI) Uganda.
24. Ndivile Mokoena- GenderCCSA, South Africa
25. Jennifer Amejja- National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), Uganda
26. Diel Mochire Mwenge- Provincial PIDP Nord-Kivu, REPALEF/RDC au Nord-Kivu, RDC 27. Hon. Winifred Masiko- Rural Gender and Development Association, Uganda
28. Kemi Oluyide- Centre for Grassroots and Environmental Concerns, Nigeria
29. Nkiruka Nnaemego-Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, Nigeria
30. Hanna Gunnarsson, Women Engage for a Common Future Deutschland 31.
Mary Nyasimi- Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Kenya
32. Winnie Lichuma- Chairperson, National Gender and Equality Commission,Kenya
33. Rose Pélagie MASSO, Coordonnatrice Adjointe Cameroun Ecologie (Cam-Eco)
34. Veronica Jakarasi- Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe
35. Mirabel Edozie – South – South Professional Women Association, Nigeria.
36. Daisy Alero Emoekabu- Climate Change Policy PhD Researcher, University of Kent, and Green Patriots for Environmental Protection & Sustainability, Nigeria
37. Bose Ironsi- Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP), Nigeria
38. Ruth During- Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council(WSSCC), Nigeria
39. Lucy Mulenkei- Indigenous Information Network, Kenya
40. Dr, Keziah Awosika -Women Law and Development Centre (WLDCN)- Nigeria
41. Alexandrial Allen- foundation Starters – Nigeria
42. Nancy Olatunji-International Living Africa Urban and Environment Project – Nigeria
43. Vivian Ifeoma Emesowum, Grassroot People and Gender Development Center – Nigeria For further information:
1. Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Block E Flat 2 Anambra Court, Gaduwa Housing Estate, after Apo Legislative Quarters Abuja, Nigeria firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2. Centre For 21st Century Issues (C21st) 6, Balogun Street, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria firstname.lastname@example.org