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International Women’s Day: First Lady, others seeks more investment in women

by Maryam Olaniyi
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The International Women’s Day which is celebrated every March 8 serves as a worldwide celebration of women’s accomplishments in various spheres, including social, economic, cultural, and political realms.

It also serves as a rallying call for advancing women’s rights and achieving gender equality.

The Theme for this year’s International Women’s day which is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,” is aimed at highlighting the transformative impact of investing in women for creating a healthier, safer, and more equitable world.
The Nigeria First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has called for an increased investment in women, describing it as a strategy for national progress.

She disclosed this in a statement shared on her X handle on Friday.

The statement read, “Today, on International Women’s Day, I celebrate every woman – daughters, sisters, aunts, mothers, grandmothers and also great grandmothers, for your resilience, passion, and courage that brought us thus far.

“This is the time to invest in women more than ever.

“Accelerating progress in any sphere requires that women have to be more involved.

“That is why I see investing in women, not as charity, but a strategy to build the future of our dear nation, Nigeria.”

Mrs Tinubu further called for increased access to education, resources, and opportunities for women.

She also stressed the importance of dismantling economic barriers and ensuring women’s voices are heard.

The statement added, “Equipping you with education, resources and opportunities to unleash your full potential, supporting your businesses, helping to dismantle economic barriers, and ensuring your voices are heard is a very crucial step.

“Therefore, my question to all women is: what are you doing to help the other woman? How are you investing in her?

“Let us all come together, bond and love one another. This is the pathway to accelerated progress. I charge all women; just pull a sister up, one at a time. You will be amazed at what we can achieve collectively.”

In a report, the United Nations, while marking International Women’s Day, decried the injustice, discrimination and marginalisation that billions of women and girls face.

In an OP-ED, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said there was a need for “public and private investment in programmes to end violence against women, ensure decent work, and drive women’s inclusion and leadership in digital technologies, peacebuilding, climate action, and across all sectors of the economy.”

In an interview with Idannews, Rev. Dr. Victor Tade spoke on the importance of investing in women for economic empowerment and addressing global challenges like poverty.

She said ” Women are teachers of the whole nation.  They train leaders.  By the time we now empower women economically,  investing in them,  giving the girl child confidence and making her believe that they had a beautiful tomorrow that’s where the empowerment of the average woman starts.

Also,  a woman activist, Alhaja, Omowumi Ogungbenro proffers solutions to tackling gender inequality in the society.

” we need to make policy and social reform that put gender equality as a sustainability at the center of progress by empowering women in some small scale project especially food and agriculture by increasing productivity of small scale farmer and investing in their care. “

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