We never relent on our effort to seeing people empowered especially the younger generation of boys and girls whose future are going to be a huge determinant of the direction Africa and the world around will take. It is our focus to impact society especially the vulnerable and marginalized, ensuring that no one is left behind. This is what motivates each of our initiatives as an intentional strategy to achieve equal justice.
Lift Africa Foundation in the month of March, a month significant to celebrating and recognizing the efforts of women all over the world with the universal theme, #ChootoToChallenge. We join this movement as we #ChooseToChallenge Human Rights violators so that every young woman can live in a society that embodies key values such as fairness, equality, dignity and Respect.
And to wrap the celebration of the women’s month; mothers, girls, and all women alike – who are indeed the backbone of our society particularly women in leadership; on the 31st of March 2021, we spent time with the students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Kano State in a seminar where we discussed: “Understanding the Challenges of Women and Girls in the 21st Century and the Way Forward”.
Lift Africa’s CEO, Aisha Hamman talked about the importance of Educating and Empowering females which is very integral to nation-building and development; elaborating essentially how this can be achieved practically. She also talked about the rising cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria noting that to tackle SGBV, we must encourage cultural and behavioral change, with a special focus on young people and men as agents of change. We must understand that the fight against issues related to gender equality, discrimination, stereotypes and the cultural acceptance requires everyone actively involved.
Here are even more reasons why we all should be concerned; the girl child accounts for about 60% of out-of-school children in Nigeria, while this is sad, females also account for over 50% of Nigeria’s population. The national average of women’s political participation in Nigeria has remained 6.7 percent in elective and appointive positions, which is far below the Global Average of 22.5 percent, Africa Regional Average of 23.4 percent and West African Sub Regional Average of 15 percent.
It’s a challenge we find worthy to address and a movement we are proud of partaking in. We are unrelenting our approach, so till actions towards our equal future is non-stop, #WeMove.