Happy International Women’s Day to all women worldwide!
Today, the world is celebrating women from all walks of life, races, religion and tribe, and we’ve joined in doing that.
For the over 2 years, BellaNaija, every week, has been celebrating women across Nigeria who are doing amazing work across the country and continent through our #BellaNaijaWCW column.
From Thursdaline Peter who’s teaching girls and secondary school students martial arts and is using that to curb domestic and sexual violence, to Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie who founded She Leads Africa which is creating content to inspire millennial women in Africa to achieve their potentials, we have been shining the spotlight on women who are empowering women.
Fatima Togbe is creating content that focuses on young, stylish Muslimahs, the challenges they face and how to deal with them.
Maya Horgan Famodu of Ingressive is bringing global tech investors, angel investors/venture capitalists, and African tech founders together.
Dr Anne Marie Imafidon, MBE is making Nigeria proud from the UK, she founded Stemettes, a social enterprise which inspires the next generation of women into pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an objective to break barriers women who pursue a career in the field.
Captain Abimbola Jaiyeola, in 2014, became Nigeria’s first female helicopter captain, and a little over a year later, in 2016, Abimbola was in the news again, this time, for saving 13 lives by “ditching” the helicopter she was flying.
Lola Omolola created a platform on Facebook to provide a safe haven for women. Hauwa Ojeifo turned her lime to lemons; after surviving sexual assault, she founded She Writes Woman to provide love, hope and support to women who have survived abuse, as well as tackle mental illness in women.
Aishatu Abubakar-Abdullateef is championing child & adolescent mental health in northern Nigeria.
Hadiza Dairet Kasimu, who has auditory impairment, is advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria
We can keep writing about these women and the work they do till the next International Women’s Day. So, we’ll stop now. But click #BellaNaijaWCW to see all the amazing women we’ve celebrated thus far.
Once again, Happy International Women’s Day to women all over the world. We love and celebrate you today.