International Women’s Day is always celebrated worldwide on the 8th of March. While this is a one day event, it is important that we celebrate the amazing women around us everyday as they remain phenomenal. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter and all over the world, people are advocating and talking about a better balance as it relates to gender.
It is no news that balance helps create a better world and this is in tune with a proper gender balance. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year. Balance in this context doesn’t restrict us to women issue and all year long, it is important to advocate for gender-balance in all aspect of humanities.
To commemorate the International Women’s Day, I teamed up with 4 amazing female bloggers in Abuja to shoot and also answer 3 questions each related to the theme and celebration.
Q: What is your thought on gender equality?
A: It is important for the woman to be aware that the man is the head of the house and Christ is the head of the family, it is also important the man remembers this doesn’t mean he’s allowed to treat the woman unfairly or less as she is his partner. My thoughts however on gender equality outside the home is that if a man or woman does the same job, they are expected to be paid the same and treated the same and not differently or preferentially on account of their sex.
Q: What is your greatest achievement as a woman?
A: My greatest achievement as a woman is realizing who I am in Christ and not living or confirming to societal expectations of me, as a woman.
Q: Who are your top 3 female bloggers and why do you love them?
A: My number 1 would be Mossonyi because she blogs like it is fairly tale, her photography skills and that of Craig her husband is incorporated into their work so beautifully they inspire you to live your best life.
Number 2 would be Dr Onyii popularly known as Piktcha-purfect because her creative skills are very real and she’s a stunning example of a woman who doesn’t conform to society. She tells it like it is.
My number 3 would be Ifeoma Amadi aka Thesvnflwr. The way she curates basic fashion in such editorial style of art is amazing. She’s one blogger that inspired me and taught me, that you can live anywhere in the world and create very beautiful relatable feed. You don’t have to live in the abroad to create the abroad look.
Q: Why do we need days like International Women’s Day?
A: Everyday should be a day to appreciate women worldwide. Considering how the society relegates us and make the world a man’s world and we still rise despite that, we should be celebrated for not agreeing to the conformity of the society.
Q: What’s your thoughts on Women in Leadership Role?
A: Women in leadership role has carved that platform for women worldwide that we can be anything we want to be while still being a wife and mother. They are the brave and courageous that we should emulate.
Q: What barriers have you ever faced as a woman to becoming successful as a blogger?
A: Some persons get it the wrong way and think that as a female blogger, I am out to sell my body or my beauty to the world, lols. I am still on the stair case of being a successful blogger but as a female blogger getting people to take you serious is hard as you have to put in extra work.
Q: Which amazing female icon do you best identify with and why?
A: Oprah Winfrey. Growing up in my teens, I remember I loved to watch her show on why she placed herself as a symbol of survival. She listened to people who had and shared similar situations. As a success, she inspires women to love themselves, shatter barriers placed in front of them and pursue their passions.
Q: What do you think makes you tick as a woman?
A: The ability to snap back from bad days, be responsive even in my downtime, the ability to own up my mistakes and face my challenges.
Q: What is the point of International Women’s Day?
A: Taking a day to celebrate women is not enough. We take this day to celebrate women around the world, celebrate great icons who have broken boundaries, supported and fought for women’s right which remains the focal point of the day.
Q: What main change would you like to see for young girls in the next generation?
A: A major change I would like to witness for young females in the next generation is for girls to get more in touch with their spiritual life. I mean to embrace the teachings of the creator and come to a realization that the sole aim of one’s existence is to be in full service and worship to the Creator and redeem oneself.
Q: Do you think your gender as a blogger has been of any help to you? Do you think things would have been different if you were not a female?
A: Okay, first things first, I wouldn’t say I consider myself a blogger. I would say I am more of a fashion influencer than a blogger. I think being female has helped me to be able to express myself better in terms of fashion. And, with the kind of zeal and passion I have towards fashion, I don’t think things would have been any different if I were not female, but I would choose to be female a thousand times over.
Q: Share any empowering message to your fellow women.
A: To fellow women out there, I would like to say, quit following every trend that comes your way, search within yourself for what works for you. Hold the creator tight and I mean very tight. And keep pushing towards positive thinking.
On a final note, it is important that in a society as ours, we should endeavor to make it an everybody society. Irrespective of who we are, let’s make it a better place for everyone to live and walk in. Whether at work, home, class, schools, board rooms, and even in government, we all have a part to play individually and collectively. Let’s ensure at all times that we are promoting a gender balanced society. It is no longer a man’s world, it is our world. In addition, we should work on supporting oursleves
Shoot location: Tulip Bistro
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