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International Women’s Day : British Council To Honour Nine Women
By Abiose Adelaja Adams
The British Council in collaboration with two of its development partners; Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme and Justice for All programme, will honour nine Nigerian women advocates and champions as part of activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.
The women include those who have distinguished themselves in works related to peace building, women’s participation in public service and decision making and women in creative enterprise. .
According to a statement issued by Desmond Omovie, the council’s communications officer, the identified champions include Olabisi Kolawole, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Gender Adviser to the Nigerian Police Force; Rabia Salihu Said, a female scientist and deputy dean of student affairs Bayero University, Kano, Theresa Nnamdu, Eseoghene Odiete, a multiple award-winning fashion entrepreneur, Emem Ema, a lawyer and singer of the KUSH fame, Risikat Muhammad, Grace Jerry, Huwaila Ibrahim and Nnaemeka Oruh.
The council will support a roundtable discussion at the Bayero University to sustain the discussion on the role of women in the academia, peace building and enterprise and then share the experience of the women champions with university students.
“This will encourage more persons to join the drive against violence against women and girls and support the participation of women in decision making and enterprise,” Omovie says.
“We will leverage the support of the university management to engage men on gender issues and establish networks to tackle gender based violence in campuses,” he added.
The female champions will be featured on radio programmes in Kaduna, Kano and Jos where they will share their experiences rising through the ranks and attaining success in a male dominated work environment.
March 8 of every year is celebrated globally as the International Women’s Day. It is a time to reflect on progress made regarding women’s security, rights and empowerment and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have distinguished themselves especially in male dominated environments.
The overall aim is to encourage younger women and girls to find success stories from which to draw inspiration, said Omovie.