International Women’s Day is celebrated across the globe as a day set aside to acknowledge and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In 2021, the theme of the year’s event was Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world #ChoosetoChallenge which aims to call out gender bias and inequality to create an inclusive world.
As part of efforts to celebrate and increase the visibility of women’s achievements to help forge equality and create strategic collaborations, the Uyo Hub of Global Shapers Community implemented a #Skills4Girls Project to mentor young women; women in business, female undergraduates and graduates, female tutors and women in leadership.
Project Goals: To raise awareness of the existing gender inequalities in our communities and bridge the gap through mentoring and capacity building sessions for young women.
To facilitate conversations that demystifies the gender norms and roles that negatively women’s health resulting in poor health-seeking behaviours and high maternal mortality rates.
To promote women inclusiveness in leadership and change the narrative on gender restricted leadership or career roles in our communities.
The 5-day training was focused on themes designed to empower women to challenge these gender inequalities, the subject areas included; Redefining Women in Leadership, Educating Women on Health Choices, Digital Marketing Skills, Photography Skills, Removing the Gender Bias and Thriving as a Woman-Owned Business and Inspiring Women Inclusiveness in Tech.
The #Skills4Girls project harnessed mentors across the subject areas to facilitate gender-inclusive sessions that catalyze a movement that aims to challenge the inequalities, reflect on progress made, call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Over 100 women were reached virtually and physically through the #Skills4Girls Project which took place from Monday 8th March 2021 to Saturday 13th March 2021