On The Celebration Of The International Women Day, March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving women’s participation in social, political, economic and other spheres of life. On this jubilant occasion which is celebrated every year on 8th of March on the official agreement of United Nations, the management, staffs and volunteers of Sapphire Initiative for Girl Child Literacy (SIGCLE) took time out to bring women together in Chika Community, Abuja. It has become a custom on the 8th day of March in every year to witness marches of solidarity, viral social media campaigns, cultural efforts and powerful grassroots organizing, where people across the world galvanize for a future where women will be integrated into the grand scheme of things. While some of these movements have captured the headlines, other efforts persevere far away from the limelight. Rural and urban activists continue to mobilize, disrupt the status quo, and influence a broad range of policy, legislative and social reforms, from founding projects to end violence at home and the workplace to providing access to services for rural women. It is in view of this that the management of SIGCLE decided to take this very important day to a rural setting in Abuja municipality. Women gathered together in a sit-out setting to celebrate this wonderful day.

Along with a wide range of events, prominent speakers, such as Mrs. Rashida Apahade from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Education Secretariat, encouraged the women to at least acquire basic education so they can have a shot at opportunity. Mr. Abanka Musa from RENTO spoke extensively on the need for women to speak up in situations of violence and sexual harassment both at home and in the work place. Volunteers involved in medical outreaches enlightened the women on reproductive health and general hygiene. The event was rounded up by Hon. Agnes O. Ojeba who gave a keynote speech on the theme of IDW for this year; Press for Progress, which entails the need of strengthening female entrepreneurship and to create sustainable businesses and also to take advantage of the moment to engage themselves in meaningful economic activities. Some of the women with no prior skill or trade were enrolled into the SIGCLE skill acquisition programme.

National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) supported SIGCLE with facilities with which to conduct HIV test among the rural women. Apart from this, other forms of medical test and counseling were carried out by our medical volunteers. We consider the health of women paramount in the journey to a progressive society.

Federal Ministry of Health through the department of National Malaria and Vector Control Division for supporting the event with Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) which was warmly recognized by the good women of Chika community.