Women Can Do Well If We #BreaktheBias – BBYDI
Every year, International Women’s Day is a day set aside to recognise the contributions of women in all spheres of life. It has served as a way to amplify the works of women and continue the advocacy for a gender-balanced world. Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, BBYDI continues to support campaigns to ensure gender balance.
This year’s theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. It highlights the importance of achieving gender equality to build a sustainable future. Women have proven, over the years, to be crucial to the success of developmental plans.
For example, women constitute 60% of the agricultural labour force in Nigeria. Yet, they lack adequate information on climate change mitigation, 21st-century farming practices, weather patterns, yields, and soil health data. As a result, their contribution does not translate to climate sustainability.
BBYDI believes that one of the ways to address this is through climate financing that targets women. This will help increase awareness about climate issues and equip them with the right skills and tools to work towards sustainability. Undoubtedly, women often lead natural resource management strategies. This positions them to identify and implement effective and sustainable solutions.
In leadership, women continue to thrive despite the odds against them. But there is still a lot to be done to #BreaktheBias. Globally, only 24% of women hold senior leadership positions. At BBYDI, we are committed to ensuring more women are engaged in leadership positions, especially in politics.
This is why we are launching a project named #SpaceforHer. It aims to prepare young women interested in holding political positions in Kwara with requisite skills and experience. We will train them to identify barriers to running for elective positions, understand political processes and build the resilience needed to succeed in the political space.
Finally, we remember the tragic story of Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwole, who was murdered after taking a ride on the Lagos State public transport vehicle, popularly known as the BRT bus. We also remember the unfortunate circumstances that led to the death of a 3-month-old baby in a creche. These incidents remind us that we have more to do as a people, especially in protecting women.
We hope that this year’s IWD celebrations serve as the tipping point to #BreaktheBias and let women thrive.
From all of us as BBYDI, we say happy International Women’s Day.