Int’l Women’s Day: SCI advocates for increased opportunities for women in Yobe

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The Save the Children International (SCI) Yobe Field Office commemorated International Women’s Day 2024 with a call for investment in women to accelerate progress.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Invest in Women Accelerate Progress.”

Andulwasiu Ogungbemi, the SCI Advocacy and Community Mobilisation Officer for Yobe, made call while stating the programme’s goals.

“We aimed to bring together successful career women from various fields, alongside school children, to inspire young women and encourage them to achieve success in the future,” Ogungbemi said.

He explained that the invited guests included medical doctors, university lecturers, and school teachers, among other professional and successful women.

Ogungbemi emphasized the importance of International Women’s Day in promoting gender equality.

“This day serves as a platform to raise awareness about gender equality and provide women with opportunities to participate in decision-making processes, including politics,” he explained.

Speaking, Hajiya Yajallo Badama, the Commissioner for Women Affairs commended SCI for organizing the event.

Represented by Hajiya Fatsima Hassan, Director of Women Affairs emphasised the importance of the programme.

“This programme is significant. I urge parents and guardians to support and encourage their daughters to pursue education and reach their full potential,” she said.

Aisha Abdullahi, a member of the Yobe Children’s Parliament and participant in the event, expressed gratitude to the organisers and made a specific request of the Yobe state government.

“I call on the state government to ensure at least 35% female participation in government positions,” she said.

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