The International Women’s Day #IWD2020 is a day set apart to highlight remarkable woman making moves in social, economic, cultural and political spheres. It is also a day to celebrate women’s right and remind everyone of the journey to gender equality and encourage more collaborative efforts on this path.
Particularly highlighting this agenda is the theme for this year, which is Each for Equal.
According to the International Women’s Day, “Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender-equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – so what’s not great about that? The race is on for the gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage, gender-equal workplaces, gender-equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen. Let’s be #EachforEqual.”
Let’s take a look at some of the women in Nigeria doing amazing things to make the country a bit more gender-equal everyday
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin – is the Founder of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at educating young girls in under-served areas in Nigeria with technology skills. On November 1, 2018, Abisoye was named one of the 10 CNN Heroes of The Year. She was also recently listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women. A Nigerian women’s rights activist, Abisoye was recognized by ONE as Woman of the Year 2018.
Betty Abah– Nigerian journalist, author and a women and children’s rights activist. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE HOPE), a girl-child rights and development non-profit organization that engages with and fights for the rights and welfare of the most vulnerable of Nigerian children. Through CEE HOPE, Betty runs the Girl Leadership and Empowerment Club in urban slums and rural areas, The Rise-Against-Rape-and-Abuse (RARA) school outreach and advocacy programme, The Harbingers of Hope Scholarship Scheme for indigent kids in rural areas and urban slums and a host of other child-centred initiatives.
Folashade Bamisaye – Founder- My Period Kit, is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about menstrual hygiene for girls and women of reproductive age. She has close to a decades’ experience improving psycho-social well-being of girls and women at the grassroots. She is also the founder of Young Women Arise- an organization that equips girls and women with knowledge on self-worth and esteem. Folashade believes women should be empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
Abosede George-Ogan– Founder of Women in Politics- a platform that engages, encourages, equips and empowers women in Nigeria to get involved and participate in Politics. She’s also the author of Building a Conscious Career- a book that equips career enthusiasts with necessary knowledge and resources to build a career that not only excites and rewards, but also positively affects the lives of others. She is a tri-sector leader with over 14 years of experience working across the non-profit, private and public sectors as a development professional. She began a career in development over a decade ago with Actionaid International Nigeria. She has led Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics West Africa and now sits as Director of Strategy, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.
Dr Anita Kemi Dasilva-Ibru – Anita Kemi Dasilva-Ibru is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a medical background that extends to Public Health. A qualified and experienced specialist physician with over 15 years’ experience in private practice, where she dedicates her time addressing the needs of expectant mothers and women. Alongside this, Dr. DaSilva-Ibru also runs a non-profit organization – the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) that successfully tackles the issues of gender-based violence, rape, and trafficking of young girls and women in communities throughout Lagos State and across Nigeria.