By: ROSE AUDU
While Nigerians join the rest of the world to commemorate international women’s day, a non governmental organisation Female Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Network international honoured women who are making remarkable contribution to the female empowerment programme by the body.
In her words the CEO FEENI Anne Marie Adanna .K. George the theme for the IWD 2021 for FEENI IS “Women In Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID – 19 World (IWD 2021)
noting that the theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID – 19 pandemic.
According to her the theme align with the priority theme of the 65th session of the commission on the status of women; “Women’s full and effective participation and decision making – Public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls” and the flagship Generation Equality Campaign, which calls for Women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, and healthcare services that respond to their needs”.
“Women stand at the front line of COVID-19 crisis, as healthcare workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders-combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.
Women leaders and women organizations have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID – 19 response and recovery efforts. Today, there is more acceptance than ever before that women bring in different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all.
“Majority of the countries that have been more successful in steering the tide of COVID – 19 pandemic and responding to its health and broader socio-economic impacts are headed by women. For instance, Heads of Government in Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Slovakia have been widely recognized for the rapidity, decisiveness and effectiveness of their national response to COVID – 19 as well as the compassionate communication of fact based public health information.
“The respective governments have allowed the people own the experience.
Yet, women are Heads of State and Government in only 20 countries worldwide”.
In addition to persistent pre-existing social and systematic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged with the COVID – 19 Pandemic. Across the world, women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty”.
she points that “Despite women making up as majority of front line workers, there is disproportionate and inadequate representation of women in national and global COVID – 19 policy spaces”, to uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women’s leadership in pandemic preparedness and response, the perspectives of women and girls in all to their diversity must be integrated in the formulation and implementation policies and programmes in all spheres and at all stages of pandemic response and recovery.
Anne Marie Adanna .K. George the founder and CEO FEENI further challenged women world over and especially the Nigerian woman as they celebrate the International Women’s Day with the theme: Women in Leadership; achieving an equal future in a COVID – 19 world, to
Remember women are the future and urged them to bring up children who are worthy ambassadors of this great nation. According to the her “Remember that leadership begins with you, you have to lead yourself first before you can lead others. For me, I choose to challenge myself to be better so that I can change my world”.
Binta Tukur Idris CEO Bahaz furniture’s who is the recipient of the FEENI ‘WOMAN” of the year award for 2021, and Oribim Agbeka Gloria CEO Tariah’s Empire FEENI’s ambassador of the year 2021 award recipient, both lauded the efforts of FEENI and Anne Marie George for the initiative to lift many women out of poverty and them voice in the society.
For the past three years FEENI has relentlessly embarked on programmes targeted at empowering the girl child, and women in the society given them tools to eradicate poverty, reduce unemployment, with the focus of bringing social vices to the nearest minimum. So far FEENI has empower at least 1,000 females in their crafts.