‘Women need partnership than competition

  The common call among women is that of striking gender balance all over the world. This was the main campaign theme for this year International Women’s Day (IWD); Balance for better, looking at practical ways to bringing about change that can be implemented. It was a day women came together to look at how they can work together and provide enabling environment for themselves so as to get achievable results instead of competition. The day which was a global day celebration had its Nigeria session organised by Exquisite Magazine…

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‘Life is too hard’

Impact of excessive school pressure on children The hustle and bustle of life does not only have its adverse effects on parents, it also affect the children. They especially the younger ones in school bear the burden of early rise, early to school and still grapple with plenty subjects in school in a straight line of about 12 hours and come back home to face another round of coaching – home lesson. For these children, life is hard! Experts put it that it affects their mental wellbeing. Abdul is an…

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Shun practices, norms inimical to women’s development, Akeredolu tasks women

  Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has tasked women to shun traditions and norms working against women development in Nigeria. Mrs Akeredolu stated this at a pre-event ceremony of the 2019 International Women’s Day which held on Wednesday in Akure, the State capital. Speaking at the celebration which was themed, “Balance for Better”, she said that all individuals and institutions must work unanimously to create a gender balanced society, adding that this is not the responsibility of women alone. She also noted that there must be relentless…

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A day for lovers

  Valentine is a season for expression of love, as it is commonly believed. It is often celebrated with fanfare. In Nigeria for instance, Valentine day is a day of expression of love with exchange of gift items. February 14 has become an annual date of celebration of love, especially among the young ones. Before now, there used to be mainly exchange of cards, chocolate and flowers among lovers. To majority of the lovers, it is a day of romance, and to the serious minded ones, it’s a day of…

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‘No country can flourish stifling women’s potentials’

The contribution of women in societal and economic transformation cannot be over emphasised. For societies to thrive and develop, gender equality is essential and their contribution is of utmost importance. OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes     Bukola Onyishi, the Country Director, WfWI- Nigeria explained that, “as its contribution to societal development, Women for Women International, (WfWI) envisions a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential. Her thematic areas are centered on building knowledge, skill development, resource provision and building groups of networks…

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Strong women voices, key for peace building, economic development

  The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 has identified that amplifying women voices in Nigeria is key to sustainable peace, security and economic development. Speaking at a two-day training on allowing for women’s voices for implementing the UNSCR 1325, Program, the Coordinator Global Network of Women Peace builders (GNMP) Agnieszka Santors said there is need to increase the awareness, especially among journalists. The objectives behind training journalists, she said was to raise both national and local journalists and media practitioners awareness on the role of women in peace,…

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Contraceptives: Preventing adolescents’ unwanted pregnancy

  As the number of sexually active adolescents is on the rise resulting in unplanned pregnancies and abortions, concerned medical personnel crave unhindered access to contraceptives among adolescents. Beside this, stakeholders and non-governmental organisations express the need to provide adolescents with comprehensive sex education and informed access to contraceptives to prevent unexpected pregnancies and avoidable deaths arising from abortions. Mr. Effiom Effiom, the Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation, Nigeria, says studies by Guttmacher Institute that more than 1.2 million unsafe abortions happen in Nigeria every year ought to be…

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Abdullahi, a woman set to conquer all odds

Like the popular saying that, ‘what a man can do a woman can do better’. This is exactly the spirit of a female gubernatorial candidate, Action Congress of Democrats (ACD) Hajiya Baheejah Abdullahi. As the first female to contest for governorship seat in Bauchi state has been described by some women group across the state as a woman of substances, fearless and courageous capable of defeating twenty seven men in a free and fair election. In her support, many women group numbering in their hundreds have continually canvas for support…

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Bullying alters kids’ brains, says study

Bullying isn’t just a normal part of life that most everyone has to deal with as they grow up. It’s wrong, it’s preventable, and researchers have found that peer victimisation has long-term effects on mental health and could actually be affecting your child’s developing brain. In a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, it was found that teens who are bullied are at higher risk for mental illnesses and could experience shrinkage in parts of their brains. The study, which looked at nearly 700 within the age bracket of…

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‘Why most women look older than their husbands’

  When growing up, I remember hearing that as a young woman it was better to marry a man reasonably older than you so that you do not end up looking older than him. The source of this advice I do not know, well, we can easily classify it as one of old wives’ tales. There was hardly any girl growing up in our time who didn’t hear that. Many were guided by it, others couldn’t be bothered. However, things have changed drastically, these days we have women who are…

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