Getting our women ready for 2019

  As Nigerians gear up for the general elections, many events are unfolding that suggest that next year’s poll is likely to be the most-keenly contested in the annals of the country. As usual, it is the men that dominate the political landscape, as not many women have so far shown interest to vie for elective posts in this important exercise that is less than a year to go. This should not be so. Many challenges are facing Nigerian women and by extension, African women that tend to limit their…

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Women Day: UAE celebrates women in Nigeria

In commemoration of its annual women day celebration, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Nigeria, is set to celebrate women who have made a difference in various fields of endeavor, as a result of their hard work. The Ambassador of the UAE to Nigeria, Fahad Altaffag, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, noted that every August 28, was a day for celebrating the achievements of women. According to him, this year’s event targets the celebration of virtuous, patriotic and…

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Why are women so good at putting off happiness?

You woke up really excited, it’s your special day. Your husband says good bye as he rushes through the door, he’s running late for work. You can’t believe he didn’t even wish you a happy birthday! Well, maybe he has a surprise for you… throughout the day… no call, no Whatsapp message, no post on Facebook, on his profile is still Arsenal logo …mmmhhh! He comes home in the evening in a hurry to catch up with the live football match on Super Sports, and screaming all through. And you’re…

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U.S. women tech leaders in Nigeria for mentorship programme

A 16-member delegation of senior women technology executives and professionals from Silicon Valley, California, United States will be in Nigeria for six days for the TechWomen mentorship programme beginning from March 18. The women are representatives of Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Mozilla, Autodesk, WomenCollegeTech, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Juniper Networks as well as Fairrer Samani Group, Northgate Environmental Management, Jessica Dickinson Goodman Consulting, and the Institute of International Education. Members of the delegation are Head of Mozilla’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Division, Ms. Larissa Shapiro and Twitter’s Senior Software Engineer,…

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Advocating equal opportunities for women

  A group, Solalina Investment Group, a Pan- African Investment company, has advocated for equal opportunities for women in recognition of the roles they play in the society. The Group Chairman of Solalina Investment Group, Moses Oruaze Dickson, in a statement issued in recognition of the International Women’s Day, called for celebration of acts of courage and determination displayed by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Oruaze, who has been a relentless campaigner for the need for more women to be…

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Nkiru Onyejeocha advocates equal opportunities for Nigerian women

The Chairperson of House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nkiru Onyeagocha, who was a special guest aboard the Ethiopian Airlines all – female crew operated flight to Lagos recently, with Captain Amsale Gualu as the flight captain, has called on Nigeria government and people to offer equal opportunities for Nigerian women to excel. Commending the airline authority for the historic feat by allowing women aviators the opportunity to excel in all departments, particularly those formerly termed as men exclusive positions, such as the cockpit, said the feat performed by the…

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Women’s rights are human rights – UNIC

It was an onset of the harmattan season on a dusty December morning last week in Zaria, Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria. The students, all girls, arrived in droves, eager to participate and host an educational briefing on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in their school, Government Girls Secondary School, Fada Zaria City. The educational briefing was organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with UN Women and Arewa Women And Youth Empowerment (AWAYE) Foundation. Excited by the gift of thousands of orange scarfs…

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Ondo makes poor pregnant women vulnerable

The fate of free medical services inherited by the Ondo State government hangs precariously in the balance as the Mother and Child Hospitals now charge fees for their services. BABATOPE OKEOWO reports that pregnant women now patronise Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) because they cannot afford fees charged by the hospitals Ahousewife, Mrs. Taiwo Omotoso and her new-born baby, were detained for three weeks at the Ondo State-owned Mother and Child Hospital in Akure, the state capital, over the inability of her husband, Mr. Oladapo Omotoso, to pay N40,000 required for…

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When women rage

I was watching the late night news recently when a woman was arraigned in court for allegedly killing her husband. She had her face covered like most people would do to avoid the camera especially if they are in the eye of the public for the wrong reasons. Social media is awash with stories of women who are so enraged they are lashing out on the culprits – the men in their lives! Some are having their heads chopped off; others their manhood, depending on the degree of sin committed…

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Olufemi-Kayode: Parties should encourage women to participate in politics

Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode, a rights activist and Executive Director of Media Concern for Women and Children Initiative (MEDIACON), in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, urges political parties to give more tickets to women during general elections You are one of the leading female rights activists in Nigeria, why are you passionate about defending the masses, especially women and children? It wasn’t something I just decided that I will do. It is much more of looking at a need; there is that need and there are issues. And by calling, I…

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