The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has been conferred with Distinguished Global Award for Excellence in Women Empowerment and Gender Development by Global Empowerment Movement Corporation, U.S. Buhari was also conferred with the Honorary Citizen of Georgia Award from the State of Georgia.
According to reports, she received the awards at the Nigeria House in New York for her efforts at fighting gender-based victimization, human trafficking and for uplifting the women in Nigeria. The founder and President of the organization, Dr Blessing Itua, said the organization particularly commended Mrs. Buhari for advancing the causes of women and children in Nigeria through her pet project: ‘Future Assured’.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari, through her various programmes on women, young girls and children support, has assisted, integrated and provided hope to numerous victims of some of the societal ills in Nigeria, including human trafficking. Mrs Buhari, through her pet project, ‘Future Assured’, campaigns for women and girl-child education, empowerment and commitment to improving the lives of the people she serves.
“She has also been a strong advocate against victimization, inhumanity, including the rape of minors. Within this context, she has complimented government’s various initiatives by teaming up with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria and beyond to address some feminine challenges in the country,” Itua said.
Receiving the awards, the wife of the president thanked the organization for considering her worthy of recognition for the award on fighting gender-based victimization and uplifting womenfolk in Nigeria through the Future Assured programme.
“My driving force has been that of commitment and passion in this regard. Women have been at the receiving end of conflict, instances of abuse and victimization all over the globe.
“I make it my responsibility to do the very best I can to give hope to those affected and to discourage other cases from happening in Nigeria. As you are all aware, my Future Assured initiative executes a number of programmes to uplift the status of women through health advocacy and support economic and educational empowerment, protection against abuse and encouraging political involvement among the women.
“Our hope is that women will become more aware of the opportunities open to them to live better lives while being confident of the society’s protection,” Buhari said.