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International Women's Day: A Celebration of Progress and the Power of Women

The roots of International Women’s Day trace back to the 1909 National Woman’s Day in the United States, when women protested unsafe working conditions. The movement gained momentum after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, leading to the global celebration of women’s achievements and the fight for their rights.

This day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975, and has evolved from its origins in the early 20th century to become a global platform for celebrating the achievements of women and advocating for gender equality. This year’s theme, “Investing in Women: Accelerate Progress,” underscores the crucial role women play in societal advancement. Over the years, women have made remarkable strides, and Nigeria stands as an exemplar with women who have left an indelible mark in various fields.

Nigerian women who have risen to remarkable heights, contributing significantly to various sectors. Includes Figures such as Folorunsho Alakija, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Hajiya Bola Shagaya, Mosunmola Abudu, Uju Ifejika, Funmi Iyanda, Ndidi Nwuneli, Emem Usoro, Yemisi Edun, and Miriam Olusanya this are women who have shattered glass ceilings, becoming trailblazers in business, finance, media, and philanthropy.

This year’s theme “Investing in Women – Accelerate Progress” also emphasizes the critical importance of investing in women for the acceleration of societal progress. Investing in women is not just a moral imperative but also an economic one. Studies consistently show that empowering women economically leads to increased productivity, improved health and education outcomes for families, and stronger communities.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us reflect on the progress made and
acknowledge the remarkable contributions of women globally. This year’s theme reminds us of the transformative power of empowering women, not only for their benefit but for the betterment of society as a whole. By recognizing and supporting the achievements of women, we pave the way for a more just, equal, and prosperous future.