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International women’s day 2023

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year to honour women’s contributions to society and to raise awareness about gender inequality. The theme for IWD 2023 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” This year’s theme highlights the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and the need to empower them to lead in all aspects of life.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities. Women have been on the front lines of the pandemic as healthcare workers, caregivers, and essential workers, putting their lives at risk to support their families and communities. At the same time, women have faced increased domestic and gender-based violence, job losses, and economic insecurity.

Despite the challenges, women have shown remarkable resilience and leadership during the pandemic. Women leaders in countries such as New Zealand, Taiwan, and Germany have been lauded for their effective response to the crisis. Women have also played a crucial role in driving social change and advocating for gender equality.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in Nigeria, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made towards gender equality, and also to recognize that there is still a long way to go. Nigerian women have made significant contributions to the country’s development, and it is time to recognize and celebrate their achievements.

Women have been instrumental in shaping Nigeria’s political and social landscape. In 1960, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a key figure in Nigeria’s fight for independence, and was the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria. More recently, we have seen women take on leadership roles in politics, with women like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala serving as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Despite these achievements, Nigerian women continue to face numerous challenges. Gender-based violence is a pervasive issue, with many women experiencing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Women also continue to face significant economic disparities, with limited access to education, job opportunities, and financial resources. In addition, cultural and societal norms often limit women’s rights and opportunities, particularly in rural areas.

It is important to recognize that gender equality is not only a women’s issue, but a societal issue. Men have a critical role to play in creating a more equal world. This includes challenging harmful stereotypes and supporting women’s empowerment, both in the workplace and in the home.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us commit to promoting gender equality in Nigeria. This includes supporting policies and programs that promote women’s rights and empowerment, as well as challenging harmful stereotypes and promoting women’s leadership and participation in all spheres of society. Let us honor the achievements of Nigerian women, and work towards creating a world where all women can reach their full potential.

On this International Women’s Day, let us celebrate the progress we have made towards gender equality while acknowledging the work that remains. Let us support and amplify women’s leadership and empowerment in all aspects of life. And let us commit to creating a more equal future for all women, now and in the years to come.

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