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IWD 2019: Experts task women on passion, self-awareness, ethics for success




Health and Wellness experts on Friday urged women to embrace the uniqueness of their womanhood through self-awareness, ethics and passion to achieve success.

They gave the advice at the 2019 International Women’s Day Seminar with the theme: “Balanced for Better’’ held in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seminar was organised by Thrive Women Solutions.

A Consultant Physician and Wellness Enthusiast, Dr Obielumani Ideh, urged women to change their mindsets by embracing the uniqueness of their womanhood to achieve balance and happiness.

Ideh said that balance and wholeness begins from the brain, being the power house of everything affecting the woman’s health.

She advised women to constantly be observant about the changes in their bodies with each monthly cycle and go for regular checkups to enjoy wholesomeness.

“The mindset you have has been proven to be the determinant of success or failure and the critical balance is between expectations and reality.

“Achieving that balance starts from the brain which is crucial to the wellbeing of a woman.

“Balance is not static and can be achieved in spite of several factors that disrupt it,’’ Ideh said.

Also, Mrs Rosemary Onyebigwa, the Convener, Thrive Women Solutions, advised women to ensure that children of both sexes were not raised differently to achieve the goal of gender equality.

Commenting, Ms Cynthia Umoru, Technical Adviser, Youth and Gender in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, challenged women to be bold and expend efforts in following their passions to record outstanding success.

Umoru urged them to stand true to their dreams and should not be derailed by the society and environment in achieving balance and happiness.

“I say to all women here to be challenged out of their comfort zones to thrive.

“Challenges come with loneliness, pains, but the goal must be clear and diligence must be in place to achieve the set goal.

“You must acknowledge and pursue your innate gift waiting to be delivered and for that, you need audacity to thrive,’’ she said.

Also, Mrs Margaret Olele, the Chief Executive Officer, American Business Council Nigeria, advised women to be emotionally intelligent in handling issues of gender harassment by loving self above society’s expectations.

Olele said that the importance of self-love pushed women to feed every aspect of their lives with balanced nutrition to enjoy a fulfilled and balanced life.

“The reality is that self-love is very crucial and when you love yourself, you will feed yourself with the right food for your mind, soul and spirit to achieve greatness,’’ she said.

Olele urged women to be more deliberate and intentional about mentoring other women in helping to balance their thoughts to take them to the next level.

In her remarks, Mrs Sheri Adegbenro, the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, urged women to be ethical in the discharge of their duties in spite of societal norms.

Adegbenro also urged them to keep learning and reading to enhance performance at the work place, saying “it is easier to make an impact in a developing country than a developed one’’.

According to her, when you sign an offer letter, you are agreeing with what is contained therein and must do your best at achieving the goal.

Adegbenro advised women to acknowledge that imperfections and failures were part of life and must do everything to get up from it.



IWD:Zamfara women to play active role in politics, says Commissioner



Hajiya Zainab Gummi, Zamfara Commissioner for Women Affairs and Youth Development, has pledged to sensitise women to play active role in the politics of the state.

Gummi, while fielding questions from Journalists on Tuesday in Gusau  as part of activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), said that her ministry would ensure full participation of women in political affairs of state.

The International Women’s Day is marked globally on March 8, to draw attention to the rights of women with the 2020 theme tagged: “Each for Equal.”

Gummi said the ministry would  continue to engage  the State House of Assembly and political leaders to give special consideration to women in the state.

She said: “under the PDP government in the state led by Bello Matawalle, we are assured of more female participation, not only as followers but as active leaders holding various political offices.

“As we prepare for the forth coming elections, my ministry will continue to create more awareness and sensitise our women of the need for them to be active participants in governance and nation building,” she said.

The commissioner said  many activities had been  lined up for the celebration of the IWD including  the graduation of women who were trained in various skills for self reliance as well as the commencement of the women sensitisation programme.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the commissioner had earlier led women groups on courtesy visit on the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello.

The group also visited the state deputy governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau to solicit for female affirmative support.

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IWD: NGO holds funfair for 230 women in Kaduna



The Women Initiative for Sustainable Development (WISE), an NGO, on Monday, organised a funfair for more than 230 women in Kaduna, as part of activities to celebrate the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD).

Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the activities included dancing and singing competition, feasting, cutting of cake, cooking demonstration and distribution of several gifts to the women.

Some of the gift items included clean cook stove, cooking oil, key holders and flash drives to promote digital inclusion among women.

The Founder and Programme Director of the NGO, Ms Olanike Olugboji, said at the event was to celebrate women and their contributions to the society.

Olugboji added that the forum was an avenue for women to reflect on progress and challenges in accelerating gender equality and women and girl’s empowerment.

She said that the theme of the 2020 IWD, “I am a Generation Equality” demands equity for women, gender inclusion, end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls.

She stressed the need for provision of healthcare services that respond to the needs of women, equal participation in party politics  and decision making in all areas of life.

According to her, the Day is marked to raise women consciousness of the opportunities around them and how to tap them for better living.

“It is about women supporting their fellow women to succeed in life and protecting the rights of women and girls when abused.

“We want to see more women utilising opportunities around them, particularly digital platforms to promote their businesses,” she said.

Also speaking, Mrs Ruth Olajide, a legal practitioner, who spoke on the topic, “Women’s Rights as a Means to Achieving Gender Equality”, noted that women rights were simply human rights.

Olajide, however, noted that women and girls were being abused by people that should be protecting them, stressing that women needed to speak out in defense of their fellow women.

On her part, the Vice President of MicroManna, Kaduna, Mrs Precious Nnaedozie, urged women to key into the digital world and tap from its numerous benefits.

Nnaedozie advised women and girls to use available digital platforms to promote their businesses and use it to fight all forms of gender-based violence.

She said that MicroManna in partnership with WISE, would provide free training to 50 women, on how to make the best use of digital platforms, particularly social media to promote their businesses online.

NAN reports that some gift items were distributed with support from MicroManna, Gleaming Start Enterprises, Fati Stove, and Envirofit among others.

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IWD: Niger, UNICEF drum support for girl child dev’t



The Niger state government on Thursday called for support for the girl child to ensure equal opportunity for them.

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education made the call in Minna during a mentoring session organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for senior secondary school girls in Minna.

The mentoring session was part of activities to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated annually on March 8.

“On this IWD lets make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact on all. Therefore lets support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone,” he said.

Aliyu said that gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

He advised that the country must re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global trust solidarity to reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.

Earlier, Mr Kolawole Babatunde, the state Programme Coordinator, UNICEF said that nine states; Bauchi, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Yobe and Borno were identified among educationally disadvantaged states in the country, especially in enrollment of the girl child into school.

Babatunde said that there was need to encourage the girl child education in order to bridge the gap between the girls and their male counterparts.

Similarly, Hajiya Mariam Usman, UNICEF consultant, said that there was need for women and girls to know their right in the society, hence the IWD celebration.

Usman urged the students to be focused in school toward attracting positive change to the development of the girl child.

She said that the IWD was set aside to recognise women and their contributions to the development of the society.

The UNICEF Consultant said that some of the activities to mark the celebration include advocacy visit to the State Assembly with primary school pupils, mentoring session for senior secondary school girls and dialogue with High Level Women Advocates (HiLWA) in the state.

She said that this year’s event tagged “Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovative Change” has 10 students each representing 10 schools in Minna.

Also, Hajiya Hassana Adamu, the state chairperson, HiLWA said that the group was collaborating with UNICEF and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to promote the girl child education in the state.

Miss Fatima Sani, one of the participants from Government Day Science College, Minna told Nigeria News Agency that the programme has exposed them to develop self confidence in their academic pursuit.

Sani said that the programme has made them to understand that the girl child can aspire to be in any profession in life.

NAN reports that the students were counseled on how to excel in various profession.

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IWD: NGO urges women to support one another



 The CHESTRAD Global Development Synergies, an NGO, has urged women to support one another in order to enable more robust participation of women in public, private and political spaces.

Its President , Dr Lola Dare, made the plea while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Ibadan against the backdrop of the International Women’s Day Celebration.

NAN reports that the theme for the year had the tagline: “Each for Equal.”

According to Dare, each woman is unique in her own way and has a right to have her voice, to survive and to thrive.

She said achieving equal rghts for wonen starts with women supporting one another.

“There is strength in collective action which harnesses the strength in our diversity in a fair and equal way.

“Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society,” she said.

Dare revealed that the organisation had also honored five women including the wife of a former governor of Oyo State, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.

She said that the organisation honoured the women with its BOLD Pathfinding Women award in recognition of thier contribution to the growth of women within the society.

“The women who have inspired other women with their humanitarian and philanthropic services have advocated for gender equality in all spheres of life.

“They are Mrs Florence Ajimobi, Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah Sharibu, Superintendent Tolani Lanina, Osayi Alile and Adenike Odukoya,” she said.

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IWD: Female politicians train secondary school children on women’s right, social justice



The Association of Female Politicians (AFP) in Ondo State, on Monday, trained secondary school students on gender equality, realisation of women’s rights and social justice.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event, organised to commemorate the 2020 International Women’s Day celebration, took place at the Akure city hall.

The event has as its theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Right and Social Justice.”

The President of the association, Hon. Janet Adeyemi, said that they were invariably training future women on generational struggle and educating them on things they needed to carry into the future.

Adeyemi, who said that in the next 10 years, most of the current students would become women, added that it was, therefore, important for them to know how much they had absorbed and how much they knew about gender rights and equality.

The former member of House of Representatives, said with consistent advocacy, the rate of women’s participation in politics had been increasing.

“Ladies should be able to hold themselves high and not see themselves as sex symbols; they don’t have to use sex to drive anything, either to get job or determine who to marry.

“When you know your right and build up on yourself, you will have self- confidence and God will help you to become whatever you want to become,” she said.

A former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, Hon. Olawumi Olatunji, in her welcome address, said that the platform was important for the girl-child to know that they were not limited by their gender.

Olatunji said it was important to put the young girls through in areas where they had miscalculated or failed in the past.

“There must be equality in all ramifications; we talk about social, cultural and political issues. We want women to wake up to understand that they have something to offer the society.

“When we talk about politics, we have a very little number of women in politics in a way.

“This programme is an awakening: to let women know their rights; we want to instill boldness; they must know the quality they possess as a woman; we are not limited to the male counterpart,” she said.

A legal practitioner, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose, said that the programme was on point and would allow the participants to see enough women role models whom they could emulate and tow their paths to greatness.

Anifowose praised the organisers of the programme for ‘catching them young’ and to let them know they too could be successful like their male counterpart.

Also, the Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Wunmi Olumuyiwa, said that the programme was apt to the lives of the female students.

One of the participants and student of Akure Academy, Miss Jaiyeola Fayemi, said that she had learnt a lot and thanked the organisers for what she called ‘an eye-opening programme’.

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IWD: Akeredolu tasks pregnant women on safe motherhood practices



Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, Wife of Ondo State Governor, has tasked pregnant women across the state to embrace safe motherhood practices in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in the state.

Anyanwu-Akeredolu stated this at the Comprehensive Health Centre, Ebute in Okitipupa Local Government area during an interactive session and gifts presentation to pregnant women, as part of activities lined up for this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor’s wife was represented by Mrs Mary Adesanya, wife of Okitipupa Local Government Chairman, on Monday.

In her goodwill message, she urged pregnant women to practise personal hygiene and exercise regularly so as to deliver their babies safely.

She stressed the importance of balanced diet for the pregnant women and the need for them to visit the hospital regularly, for both ante-natal and post-natal, to avoid untimely death.

“Pregnant women should imbibe regular exercise for safe delivery and ensure regular visit to hospital for ante-natal and post-natal to reduce untimely death,” she said.

NAN reports that Anyanwu-Akeredolu presented some baby gifts to the expectant mothers and urged them to make proper use of them, especially the mosquito nets that could help to prevent malaria which, she said, could affect the foetus.

Speaking on behalf of the pregnant women, Mrs Ajoke Ikuomola, thanked the governor’s wife for the gesture, which she described as first of its kind.

She promised that they would make judicious use of the gifts and heed to her advice in their own interest.

NAN reports that the United Nations General Assembly has set aside March 8 of every year as International Women’s Day to promote issues relating to the welfare of women.

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IWD: SEC extols women’s contributions in capital market, nation building  



The acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms Mary Uduk, has extolled the contributions of women in the development of the country’s capital market and nation building.

Uduk spoke at an event to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day celebration with the theme `I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights’ in Abuja on Monday.

She said the day was focused on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and highlighting their challenges.

The acting director-general said that women had been developing the capital market and by extension the economy of the country in their various careers.

Uduk listed some of the women to include Dr Ndy Okereke and Ms Arunma Oteh, the former Director-General of the commission.

She named some others who also distinguished themselves in their endeavours as Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister; Ms Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, a businesswoman; and Mrs Florence Ita-Giwa, a renowned politician.

“In the capital market, you have women who are mothers, sisters, professionals, coaches, brokers, and women in the capital market have distinguished themselves in their careers.

“I may not be a feminist, but I am an advocate of women equality, fairness in everything I do.

“There is much improvement on how women are perceived and treated in Nigeria these days, however, there is still much work to be done.

“Women are still being stereotyped, marginalised in politics, discriminated against and sexually harassed in the work place.

“I charge us;  pull up your younger sisters, others in the way you will like your children to be,’’ she said.

One of the guest speakers, Dr Karmell Andzenge, a leadership and management expert, said that both men and women must work together to achieve gender equality.

“For the development of the country, the government must involve the women, because women can reach out and are more result-oriented,’’ she said.

Dr Becky Adeyemi, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Alliance Hospital and Services, emphasised the need for women to be conscious of their health in order to be healthy to actualise their goals.

The Day, which is celebrated every March 8, is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

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IWD: NIS hails women’s dedication to duty



The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, has hailed women in service for their commitment and dedication to duty in various positions they find themselves.

Babandede disclosed this in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Mr Sunday James, on Monday in Abuja.

“International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year with focus on movement for women’s rights, and this year’s theme is: “Each for Equal”.

“I want to congratulate the women for their commitment and dedication to duty as they occupy various positions without discrimination.

“This has put the NIS as the leading gender sensitive uniform service and I want to assure you of my support and good will always,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the women in return appreciated the mentorship of the CGI and assured him of their unalloyed loyalty.

The senior officers observed the day alongside the junior officers in the spirit of one world, one goal.

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IWD: Group urges women to be support system to men not competitors



Christian Empowerment Forum (CEF), an NGO, has urged women to always complement men in all spheres of life from politics to business, sports, and others rather than competitive actions.

The Chairman of the group, Mr Ifunnaya Ogbonnaya said this on Monday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD).

IWD is celebrated annually on March 8 around the globe to remind and put pressure on governments and stakeholders on the need to protect and preserve the rights and dignity of women and girls.

The 2020 theme for the IWD is “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”.

Ogbonnaya said that the theme of the celebration aimed at bringing together women to strive for equality should not generate wrong notions among women to begin to make unnecessary claims on rights where none existed.

“Women have been given room for inclusion and participation in almost all government and non-government engagement, what else could they possibly be seeking equality for again?

“It is true that men have long run the world in politics, sports, and business and even in religion and all others, but in the last decade women have also had a fair share in all these sectors.

“Now there is space for both the male and female gender to strive. The space is as large and wide as the sky, it is now up to whomever to utilise the space given.

“Women in power today are doing exceedingly well; those in business are doing same. However, those seeking equality with the wrong notion or motive should engage in productive activities behind the men.

“And this is not to disregard or bring down women, but they should begin to see ahead of whatever the world has termed as equality.

“The feminist spirit and demand for equality is now doing more harm than good to women, boys and men, especially in marriages and in opposite sex relationships,’’ he said.

He urged women and girls to make efforts to learn, unlearn and relearn certain things from the men in politics, in businesses, in sports, and in every other sector where they seek equality.

Ogbonnaya however commended the efforts of women, saying they were unique and precious and very successful in whatever activity or engagement they found themselves in.

According to him, the efforts of women in the society and in families are immense contributions that are not only recognised and necessary but also indispensable.

He urged women to endeavour to give wise and useful advice to their fathers, husbands, uncles, brothers and sons, as this useful counselling will certainly reduce monumental corruption in the country.

Ogbonnaya called for security for women and girls in the society, especially in schools, churches and mosques and even at market places.

He also called for improved healthcare and access to education for the girl child for them to reach their full potential and to be able to contribute to nation building in the future.

He said that it was of great relevance for equality for women to be centred on access to good healthcare, education, security and peace in the society and in the country at large.

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