NGO Marks International Black Women’s Day, Tasks Women on Over Dependency
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Executive Director, Voice of the Girl Child and Vulnerable People Foundation (VGCVPF), Ambassador Aisha Bello, has charged black women across the world to take advantage of ventures like empowerment programs that is aimed at building their capacity to liberate them from over dependency on the men, which most times resulted to abuse.
Ambassador Aisha, added that the time has come for women to also understand that their rights are human rights and that they are entitled to Justice where they are being victimized.
The ED, who gave the charge at the weekend in Kaduna, during the commemoration of the International Black Women’s Day, cum official launch of Voices of Heroes Empowerment project, said black women can access justice through various platforms provided by different rights organizations.
International Black Women’s Day, is observed 18th June to celebrate the liberation of enslaved African-Americans. The day is initiated by “Black Women Worldwide” to celebrate black women globally. This year’s theme is “connect, network and grow” which aims to bring black women together in unity to work towards achieving same goal in every aspect of their lives.
The day is currently being celebrated in the United States of America, Ghana, South Africa, Gambia, Uganda and Nigeria with expectation of having more countries join the black women movement celebration.
According to Aisha, her partnership with Black Women Worldwide has been an amazing journey and that their goal is to help in empowering black women around the world. Adding “this is an historic event and it’s initiated by our partners “Black Women worldwide” and I’m truly proud of my friends over there especially the Founder and Executive Director of Black Women Worldwide, Kira Lee, for this initiative.
“We have officially launched our first empowerment program which is called Voices of Heroes. We have successfully empowered 10 women in vegetable production and we are hoping to continue on that mission because we are sure and we believe that empowerment is one of the major solutions in ending gender-based violence and gender inequality.
“We need to keep supporting each other, as Kira Lee, keeps saying that ‘when you see a black woman stand behind her to support her, when you see her pushing; be there for her, when she’s succeeding be there for her’ that is the goal of it and we hope to celebrate more and more of international black women’s day.”
She however said that though every woman in Nigeria is black, but that Nigerian women are still separated based on culture, tradition and religion.
“But today we want to form a kind of unity where all women irrespective of where you are coming from can mingle and discuss with other people. We need to come together to achieve our goals. As you can see we have people from different works of life, people from different parts of Nigeria, from different religions. I am a Muslim and as you can see I have many of my friends who are Christians today, that is the goal. Aisha said.
Speaking on Human Rights and Legal Accessibility by women, a Women’s Right Lawyer and Activist, Barrister Bukola Ajao, noted that the woman has a right to live and choose what she wants to do.
“These rights are not to be discriminated. But as a result of the culture of silence which is being amplified and not challenged, it has resulted to mental trauma among most women who are victims.” Barrister Ajao, said.
On her part, Executive Director, Women Connect Initiative, Murjanatu Shika, emphasized the need for women to always support others women.
According to her, “when women connect with one another, the feeble among them receives strength from those who are strong. In so doing, depression is dealt with via a simple communication.
She therefore urged women to work in love, unity and friendship with one another to attain common height and succeed together.