It’s another International Women’s Day (IWD) 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 and the theme for this year is “BE BOLD FOR CHANGE”
Truth be told, I didn’t understand the concept until last year 🤦 🤦, (Promise to make it our own little secret 😆😆😆) when Shapes&Colors was part of the IWD 2016 via Savvy Women Circle by “Sponsoring a Woman to Slow Down”
So if you are like me about this time last year, wondering what IWD is all about? Here you go…
The International women’s day is an event that celebrates women’s achievements while calling out for women’s rights such as; workplace equity, harassment and violence, against the girl child and women, the girl child relegated to a secondary position without access to education in certain countries and so on.
This day was born out of the famous 1908 New York strike where over 15,000International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union marched to demand social and political rights. It was later celebrated on the 28th of February as the International Working Women’s Day, which evolved into IWD on March 8th 1914 and has been celebrated on that date ever since.
In Professor Emerita words “International Women’s Day gives all of us a chance to consider how we can make the world a better place, a more inclusive place for everyone.Thanks to both traditional and social media, we are much more knowledgeable almost immediately about happenings around the world and we can take action to support positive changes.”
My question then is this, are you making the world a better place?
Today, I choose to Celebrate women who through their actions is making the world a more inclusive place for everyone and personally have influenced my life greatly. In no particular order, well with an exception 😜 is my Mom.
Having worked for over 20 years as an Accountant with one of Nigeria’s Oldest and arguably among the strongest of it’s time Union Bank of Nigeria. She was duped of all her retirement money, as a single mom of 2 girls in Secondary School at the time, she fought to make our world (myself and sister) a better place, by ensuring we got an education even if it meant sacrificing 14 years of her life. (I have a post already, but waiting to release it on Mother’s Day)
Talking about Education, this young Lady, though we haven’t met, but sometimes it feels like we are staying in the same house 😆😆. Raquel Jacobs didn’t only fight her way to get an education, through her NGO “Beyond The Classroom Foundation”, she’s doing all she can to ensure that every child can have access to education.
Having lost her parent at an early age, saddled with the responsibility of taking care of her younger brothers with no help from any family member because she refused to be whisked away into marriage. She rose against all odds with the help of God and today, she’s making the world a better place through her various initiatives. Raquel’s Story is so inspirational… You can read all about Raquel’s Life’s Journey and the work she does on her Website.
You know this list can’t be complete with Adenike Oyetunde, Today she was named along side 99 other power women as Nigeria’s Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa.
See I honestly don’t know how Nike does it, but she’s such an inspiration to everyone that comes in contact with her. She passionately fights to make the world a better and easier place to navigate for people living with disabilities.
Having lost her limb at age 20, ( Read her story here) Nike didn’t lose her zeal for life, rather today via her initiative, Amputees United she’s helping others go through their journey by holding their hands.
This next person is dear to my heart, because she’s one of my baby mama’s Crystal Chigbu (yes I have a lot of baby mama’s 😆😆😆) She blessed me with a beautiful daughter Beulah. Beulah was born with congenital limb deformity which eventually lead to an amputation after 2 years, as it was the only option of her living a normal life. Today Beulah, does everything, from ballet dancing to swimming,to playing the piano, to reminding her brother that she’s the Boss ( trust me that’s the part i like the most 😆😆 she takes no nonsense)
Her experience inspired the birth of IREDE FOUNDATION (which I am a part of). Crystal via the foundation is making the world a better place by lending a hand of Love, Joy and Hope to children living with limb loss and also providing Prosthesis for them. Since it’s inception in 2012, The Irede Foundation has provided 28 Prosthesis, and reached 70 communities.
Today, she was named alongside 99 other power women as Nigeria’s Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa. Also she would be launching her book “Irede… An unending story of Hope” 5 days from now! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 You can pre-order here.
The next lady on the list is Tade Alalade, and the reason why she is on this list is because she’s using her pain to move mountains by supporting women and couples through their journey from trying to conceive to parenthood.
If you are a Nigerian or an African, having a child after marriage is your number one objective so from your wedding day you hear stuff like “after 9 month we are coming for naming ceremony”. And not having a child years after one’s wedding becomes an issue. Through her Foundation; BEIBEI HAVEN, Tade keeps making the world a better place by supporting couples through their infertility journey while creating awareness on this matter through different walks.
Recently alongside 99 other women, was named as BBC 100 WOMEN Half of the World Speaks. So if you are going through your journey to parenthood you can reach out to Tade or Myself. You shouldn’t go through it alone.
Last on this my list for this post is Mofoluwaso Ilevbare who is popularly known as Fofo. She is a John Maxwell Coach, Speaker and Trainer with expertise in confidence coaching, work life balance, energy and personal branding for Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs. She is a recipient of the top 50 Nigeria Women of Power and Influence Award, amongst other awards and was nominated last year in the Women4Africa “International African Woman of the Year” Category
Her work life balance is an enviable one, she wears different hats and makes it look so seamless , She’s an Employee, A wife, Mother, Mentor, Coach, Singer, Songwriter, Best Selling Author (her recent book, “Cracking the Code of Success” features Brian Tracy and other experts from around the world). The list is endless…
She keeps making the world a better place by empowering women across the globe, through her books, speaking engagements, personal coaching and ministry “Women Connected by Purpose” You can find out more here www.mofoluwasoilevbare.com
Happy International Women’s Day.What will you have done differently to help the world become a better place for all by IWD 2018? Who Inspires You and Why? Please leave a comment below it’s always a pleasure reading from you 😉
Till my next post: Keep Inspiring Positive Change 💋💋
Now, may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. 2Thessalonians 3:5