8th March was International Women’s Day and there was so much to be seen about it on social media and at events around the world. I hope we all practicalise the respect for en in our real lives. In honour of all women around the world, Daily Trust Newspaper marked the occasion with the Women’s Summit which will took place at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on the 10th of March 2016.
The event covered important issues relating to women including agriculture, entrepreneurship, politics, education and the way forward for Nigerian women. In attendance, was Mrs Toyin Saraki who is the president and founder of Wellbeing foundation, which mostly focuses on child and maternal mortality as well as other issues affecting women. She moderated the panel.
Female speakers raised issues about the challenges women face especially at a very basic level for the grassroots. Speakers at the event include Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu who is known for her work through Medicaid, Mrs Bunmi Oke, Dr Salma Abbassi and others.
In attendance, there were a few men and a lot of women. Women in the audience were clearly eager to become more empowered than they already may have been.
I am the most pleased about being invited because it shows that Daily Trust has interest in the young women as well as the older ones.
In what ways can we, as women, become empowered?
- by acquiring education
- by encouraging each other to make more steps, perhaps educationally or to make more of an economic impact
- by older women bringing in young women under their wing and mentoring them
- by becoming more aware of our rights
- by dismissing stereotypes concerning women
We should also all remember women who do not have access to these empowerment talks or even know that they have certain rights.
It is great that there are now more conferences catering to women and our advancement in the society and I hope we begin to allow these talks to manifest in our daily lives.
There was a special publication by Daily Trust made specially to mark Women’s Day, titled Women of Power. I interviewed Yasmin Belo-Osagie as a young woman of power. She is a co-founder of She Leads Africa.