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topic 86: NOTABLE NIGERIA WOMEN WHO HAVE FREED THEMSELVES FROM PRISON/CAGE OF GENDER INEQUALITY
NOTABLE WOMEN WHO HAVE FREED THEMSELVES FROM PRISON/CAGE OF GENDER INEQUALITY
Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of women and men, girls and boys. Equality does not mean that women and men will become the same, but that women’s and men’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female.of women and men.
There is an adage that says “what is good for the goose is good for the gander”. It is high time the society knew that all the rights given to men or boys are absolutely well deserved by the women and the girls.
Gender equality is not women’s issue but should concern and fully engage men as well as women. Equality between women and men is seen as a human rights issue and as a precondition for, and an indicator of, sustainable people-oriented development.
Nigeria is no doubt blessed with influential women who have affected the country and its image in one way or the other. They cut across all spheres in the country, from the political arena to the business sectors. These are women who stand out in their fields or by virtue of the position they occupy.
MRS. AISHA BUHARI:
Aisha Buhari was born in Adamawa State. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). She is a women's right activist and child right Advocate. She is one of the Nigerians who criticized girl-child marriages and homosexuality.
She has, on several occasions, emphasized the need for young girls to get Primary and Secondary school education before getting married, saying that she believes no girl should get married before the age of 17.
For years, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has run a successful business as the Founder/Managing Director of Hanzy Spa and Principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a Beauty salon in Kaduna and Abuja.
LATE MRS. OLUWAFUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI -
Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen of female rights in Nigeria and was regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
Early on she was a very powerful force advocating for women's right to vote.
LATE PROF. DORA AKUNYILI
Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR) was born in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. Prof. Akunyili, was an internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. She has served her country in numerous strategic positions including Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Federal Minister of Information and Communication.
A woman above her male counterparts of vision and highly intelligent, who performed excellently well in all national assignment she handled.
MRS. FARIDAH WAZIRI
Ever since she was appointed to occupy the office of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Waziri has not stopped being in the news. The organization is Nigeria’s main anti-corruption agency. Her organization should normally spell dread in some places, especially among politicians. She has come under criticisms concerning her approach to corruption fighting in the country. That notwithstanding however, a good number of people would do anything to be in her good books.
DR. NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA
She holds the record of being the first woman to serve as the Managing Director of the World Bank as well as those of Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister. She served as Finance Minister under President Obasanjo and was later moved to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
In October 2005, she led the Nigerian team that struck a deal with the Paris Club, to pay a portion of Nigeria’s external debt of $12 billion in return for an $18 billion debt write-off. She was appointed as the Finance Minister by President Goodluck Jonathan and she has embarked on a project of helping to reduce re-current expenditure and concentrate on capital projects. A recent international publication rated her as the 87th most powerful woman in the world.
DR. OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI
Oby, a trained Chartered Accountant was a co-founder of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption body. She has served as Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals and later Education.
Prior to that time, she had been appointed as the pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit which was often referred to as the Due Process Unit. She earned herself the name “Madam Due Process” while serving in that office.
After her exit from the Federal Executive Council, she moved to the World Bank where she serves as the Vice President of the Africa division.
HAJIYA (DR.) TITILAYO AMINA ATIKU ABUBAKAR,
wife of Nigeria’s former vice president and Turakin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar comes across as a humble, motherly figure with strength of character. She has for a long time been speaking with a loud voice against the travails of women and children through her pet project, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) as the platform. Hajiya Abubakar is a very hardworking person. Before joining her husband in the Presidency, she was a lecturer at the popular Kaduna Polytechnic where she worked for ten years.
Do you want to be the next great woman in Nigeria? Then do not give up on yourself and your education. Education is power that can never be underestimated.
Your ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside yourselves will affect you.
You have inside of you a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.
You have the potential to achieve all those things men in the society are achieving. You are born to have equal right as the men. You deserve to get all they are given and the same peak they reached, but your freedom will be discarded if you fail to realize the greatness and potentials in you
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