Who are we?
The Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria
The EU Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS is a full diplomatic mission representing the European Union in Nigeria, with concurrent accreditation to the regional economic body, ECOWAS, headquartered in Abuja.
The Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and to ECOWAS is part of the European Union External Service, and is one of the 140 Delegations throughout the world.
The European Union is made up of 28 Member States, has a population of around 500 million and is the largest trading bloc in the world. Nigeria is a key strategic partner of the European Union, being Africa’s most populous nation and its biggest economy. It is the biggest EU diplomatic hub in the continent.
The activities of the Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria are developed in close coordination with the Member States of the European Union with diplomatic representation in the country. 20 out of the current 28 Member States are accredited in Nigeria: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
UN Women supports inter-governmental bodies in the formulation of policies, global standards and norms, provides technical and financial support to the Nigerian government in implementing and reporting on normative frameworks that the country is signatory to, as well as leads and coordinates the UN system’s work on gender equality in Nigeria through the UN Country Team (UNCT).
UN Women works alongside the Government of Nigeria and a range of partners to eliminate discrimination against women and girls, empower women, and bridge the gap between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Our work in Nigeria focuses on four key impact areas that have the potential to transform the gender equality landscape of the country, namely:
- Leadership and Political Participation
- Economic Empowerment
- Ending Violence Against Women
- Peace and Security and Humanitarian Actions
UN Women supports the passage of gender equality laws (such as the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill) and has been building the capacity of female politicians to enable them participate actively in politics.
UN Women is working in three northern states that have been affected by insurgency and conflict (Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau), to strengthen women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace-building and peace-making. Our work has also included the rehabilitation and reintegration of internally displaced women and girls in the northeast.
Earlier in 2017, UN Women supported the government of Nigeria in launching the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and the HeForShe advocacy platform to engage men and boys as agents of change.