People all over the world will be thinking and looking forward to this day when we celebrate all women, and that is the International Women’s Day. What is International Women’s Day and what does it represent towards all women? It is the day we celebrate the great feats that women have attained on the Social, Economic, Cultural, and Political spheres within society. On this special day we acclaim and celebrate the achievements and strides that women have taken to arrive at the social level that has been attained till date despite multiple challenges and glass ceilings in their way.
The first National Women’s day celebration took place in the United States on 28th February 1909. The United Nations theme for the 8th March 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”. In addition, the overall theme for International Women’s day is #chose to challenge as biases and misconceptions are being addressed.
If we take a look at the women and ladies that have done well in Nigeria for example, we are able to take a look at a few ladies that include; Folorunsho Alakija, the Vice Chair of Famfa Oil, her first company was a fashion company called Supreme Stitches, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who served as the former Finance and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Former Managing Director World Bank, Former chair of Gavi Vaccine Alliance, African Union.
Within Africa, we have Bonang Matheba who is from South Africa and is globally known for being an award-winning radio host, TV presenter and MC. A Global Citizen ambassador and style icon, Michelle Obama was the first lady of America married to the 44th President of America Barack Obama. Michelle Obama is a role model to women and advocate for healthy families, higher education, and international adolescent girl’s education, and Christine Lagarde who was the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
With all these successes and achievements that have been attained by women all over the world, the International women’s day will continue to symbolise and follow a couple of values that mark the day as a very important one. At Dewdrop Foundation, our team strongly supports activities that ensure that “Dignity for women are to be respected, duly valued and appreciated. We continue to promote gender partnership that enables women and men to collaborate and bring about the needed change and growth in humanity. We sincerely appreciate and commended women in all spheres of life for their achievements all over the world, as well as their non-stop efforts and contributions towards making our society better for all.