A Beacon of Hope for Women: The Resilience and Vision of Hajia Lami Adamu Lau

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Hajia Lami Adamu Lau, the President of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS), was born in Jalingo, the capital city of Taraba State in Nigeria. She grew up in a large family with six siblings, where education and hard work were highly valued. Her parents, both educators, instilled in her a love for learning and a passion for helping others. After completing her primary and secondary education, she went on to obtain a degree in Library Science from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria.

Her journey into women’s advocacy started when she became a member of the NCWS in 1999. Over the years, she rose through the ranks, serving in various capacities, including as the National Secretary and Vice President. Her hard work, dedication, and passion for women’s issues caught the attention of her colleagues, who urged her to run for the position of President in 2022.

Against all odds, Hajia Lami Adamu Lau emerged unopposed as the President of the NCWS, becoming the first woman from the northern region of Nigeria to hold the position. Her election was a testament to her resilience, vision, and commitment to advancing the cause of women in Nigeria.

As the President of the NCWS, Hajia Lami Adamu Lau has set her sights on transforming the organization into a dynamic, responsive, and impactful platform for women’s empowerment. Her vision is to create a society where women have equal access to education, healthcare, employment, and political representation. She believes that when women are empowered, they can drive sustainable development and social change.

Under her leadership, the NCWS has embarked on several initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women and girls in Nigeria. These include advocacy for gender-sensitive policies and legislation, awareness-raising campaigns on issues such as gender-based violence and reproductive health, and skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programs for women.

One of the highlights of her tenure was the launch of the NCWS Women’s Innovation Hub, a platform that provides women with access to information, resources, and networking opportunities. The hub aims to foster innovation, creativity, and collaboration among women entrepreneurs and professionals, and to promote the role of women in the digital economy.

Hajia Lami Adamu Lau’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. In 2022, she was honored by the Taraba Women’s Association in Washington D.C., for her outstanding contributions to women’s empowerment in Nigeria. She was also featured in the Guardian Woman, a leading women’s magazine in Nigeria, where she urged women to be resilient and focused in pursuing their dreams.

As Hajia Lami Adamu Lau continues to inspire and lead, she remains focused on her vision of a society where women are valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. She is a beacon of hope for women in Nigeria and beyond, a symbol of resilience, and a voice for change.

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Joseph Omoniyi

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