Jane Onuoha – Lagos Nigeria
The first lady of Lagos state, Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu has appealed to parents and mothers in particular to empower the girl child and give her equal rights and opportunities as their male counterparts.
She said this at the “Future women conference and the unveiling of the turning point campaign held on Saturday in Lagos with the theme: ‘Turning women to breadwinners ‘.
Represented by Justice Jumoke Pedro, the first lady said she was very passionate about girl child and listed that all it will take is for the girl child to be focused, determined, hardworking and above all believe in herself.
In a goodwill message, former Lagos state Deputy Governor, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu said the essence of the event was to celebrate a group of formidable women all over Africa who have through their lives and work brought changes in their communities, cities and countries.
In her keynote address, renowned fashion designer Dame Zizy Cardow who was also an award recipient spoke on the economic impact of creativity and said that humans are wired to be creative from birth and an individual’s creativity is what makes them stand out.
She decried the fact that right from upbringing the girl child is stiffled and taught to become wife materials, adding that creativity is a catalyst to the growth and development of any nation.
Cardow maintained that for us to achieve development, women need to realize their places in the society, empower and believe in themselves.
Women Development Expert and a facilitator at the Conference, Rachel Akem Harumi called for all hands to be on deck in the efforts to encourage and build capacity in girls with the hope of making them better women as tomorrows leaders.
Mrs Lanre Anijola, a broadcaster and an Award recipient spoke on “using social media as a competitive advantage for socio-economic transformation, she enumerated the various advantages of the social media, advising women to make good use of it by utilizing the very many opportunities provided by it.
Another award recipient, Broadcaster, Publisher Woman of Substance and Founder Women Awareness for Sustainable Empowerment Initiative, Ify Onyegbule who got the Women Media Personality Award said there is no short cut to success “because the world reckons with you for what is in your head and not what is between your legs”. She called on young women to build themselves from inside to shape what is on the outside.
Also speaking at the event, the United Nations Ambassador for Sustainable Goals, Amb Philips Obuesi spoke on the need to reduce the great disparity in gender equality because it is crucial for sustainable development.
Amb Sarah Munyi from Kenya enlightened the women on why they should do businesses. According to her, African women have been at the lowest level of production for a long time and it is time for them to utilize their natural God given abilities and become problem solvers, opportunity creators and most importantly Breadwinners.
Tewa Onasanya, the founder of the Elloy awards called on women to develop the mindset of business with a focus and most importantly believe in themselves.
The event had in attendance women from all walks of life, students and representatives from other African countries.