Sometimes as women, we stand in our own way. We embrace the obstacles created by the norms of our society. Obstacles garmented in “you can’ts, you shouldn’ts”. Thankfully through time so many women have stepped out of the boundaries created by these obstacles and gave more women the courage to do the same.
To every woman, may we grow better every day to positively affect the lives around us.
“I am a lifestyle blogger and a volunteer advocate for women’s rights, girl child education and youth participation in Politics. Though we are from the north, my father has always inspired me to go for what I want and believe in. You know, as a woman if you have an idea for your life, different from the norm, you face so much opposition and your opinion matters less. My father did not want that for his four daughters.” #AbujaNigeria #IAmAWomanAndICan
“I studied English Language in the University of Maiduguri. Though I applied to study Law but I was given English Language instead. I am a radio drama producer. The dramas are aimed towards achieving behavioral change in our audience. Their feedback makes the time and effort put in the job worth it. If I was not in media production, the foreign affairs commission is another place I would love to work.” #AbujaNigeria
A carpenter’s daughter, Mohna Ansari, became Nepal’s first female Muslim graduate of Law from Mahendra Multiple College, Nepalgunj. Her brothers attending a better school or she dropping out of college for three years (lack of finance) did not stop Mohna from becoming the first graduate in her family. Her list of “first to” includes being the only woman in the National Human Right Commission of Nepal. #WomanCrushWednesday
“No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.” – Helen Clark
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand who served in the position three successive terms, is the present 8th administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She started her career as a lecturer at the University of Auckland after her graduation there before going into politics. Helen Clark is presently in a race for the election of the 9th United Nations Secretary General along with eight other contestants. #WomanCrushWednesday
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a high school senior of Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, New York. Before you start wondering what is interesting about her, she applied to twelve universities including all eight Ivy Leagues. Now she got accepted into all the schools and… yes all twelve. This inspirational one is not just brains and beauty but humble as she attributes her accomplishment to tenacity and persistence. #WomanCrushWednesday
“It is good for women to participate in politics. There are issues peculiar to us that men cannot understand. A good example is childbirth. Political participation is a means for citizens to be productive and add value to their country or state. Women make up fifty percent of the world population. Imagine that whole lot not being productive? I know there are hindrances, one of which is cultural values that have ‘set’ roles for men and women. Then there is also the belief that working women ignore their home front. I don’t know about that because I am a good mother and still able to perform my duties as the special adviser to a state governor.” #AbujaNigeria
“Gender distribution of role in the Nigerian society, especially in the north, is very bad. Looking at the cultural background of the people help a lot in understanding how to deal with issues they encounter. For instance land ownership is basically a male territory, a woman can only buy or own a land if a man stands for her. This happened to me.
I am a professional program manager and rights advocate working for a non-governmental organization. We work with over one hundred and ninety eight communities across twelve northern states. My role is basically to support these communities so they are mobilized in a bid to identify key developmental issues affecting their rights.” #AbujaNigeria