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By Grace-Cliff Obilor, in Aba

The international women’s day is celebrated on the 8th day of March every year. This is a day set aside to celebrate women all over the world for their efforts and contributions towards nation building, science and technology and every other facet of human endeavour and also to encourage more women to get involved.
Parents and guardians in our society are expected to raise young girls properly. Beyond teaching them how to become mothers and home makers, they should also teach them how to become great leaders, they should be taught how to handle managerial positions in the society, they should be taught that there is dignity in labour. These young girls should be encouraged to work hard. Their mind should be opened towards women empowerment.

Women over the years have shown competence in the little opportunity given to them, in Politics, Science and Technology, Medicine, Sports, Entertainment, Art etc. women have broken existing records in different works of life. In Nigeria we have a lot of outstanding women who have proven that any opportunity given to women is never a waste.

Women like Mrs. Ibukun Awosika the chairman of First Bank Ltd. who has shown great leadership in the business world especially in finance.
Arunma Oteh who was once the Director General of SEC (Security and Exchange Commission) and former treasurer of the world bank Group. We have Sarah Alade the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Zinab Ahmed the honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning.
I won’t fail to mention the likes of Dora Akunyili of blessed memory who was prominent for sanitizing the Nigerian food and drug sector. Ameyo Adadevoh who lost her life fighting Ebola in Nigeria. The likes of Chioma Ajunwa who is a recipient of an Olympic medal. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who is keeping her head high in the literary world. Agbani Darego who was prominent for being the first African woman to be named the most beautiful girl in the world (Miss World)

How do I forget our own Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, an influential global leader, an economist, a policy maker, this great woman spear-headed the debt relief of Nigeria and most African Nations.
In as much as there are women who are leading, there are places where women are being downplayed, in the bid to work hard, a lot of women are being stereotyped, a lot of them are stigmatized, a lot of them face violence and abuse but in the real sense of it, women should always be at the decision making table.
As we celebrate this women’s day, I encourage women to participate actively in politics and any other field of their interest, I encourage them to stop looking down on their ability to lead and also, I advocate that women should be evenly represented in the public space and decision making in our society. Women should not always be seen as weak and vulnerable, young girls should be sent to school, more women should be employed in the labour market.

©Obilor GraceCliffs Ebubechukwu

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