Of the 1.3 billion people who live in abject poverty around the globe,70 percent are women.
As far as these women are concerned, poverty does not just mean scarcity and want. It espouses rights denied, opportunities restricted and violence silenced.
Women bear almost all the responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied resources and freedom of action they need to fulfil this responsibility.
The Nigerian woman has proven to be more than a bench-warmer, boldly holding her front even in the midst of obvious male dominance in all sectors.
The new breed of high achievers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, world renowned Nigerian feminist author, Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and late Dr Dora Akunyili to mention a few gives us hope and faith in the capability of the Nigerian woman.
The achievements of these women are pointers to the fact that leadership traits have nothing to do with gender contrary to popular opinion.
The steady advancement of women and their impact in the socio-economic development of the nation goes to show the key role women play in national development when availed the right opportunities and resources.
The success of many a Nigerian women in both the workplace and the home front has debunked speculative arguments that claims that a working class woman will be handicapped in delivering her maternal obligations in the home.
According to Dr Mrs V.N. Arene, “There is no validated research that proves that housewives bring up children better than the working class women.
On the contrary,it is to be expected that happy and fulfilled professional career women and mothers will apply the benefits of their knowledge, vast exposure,more balanced judgement in educating their children and running their homes. (Arene, 1993)
Thanks to the United Nations Women empowerment Bill, schemes and other governmental and non governmental initiatives that favour the course of the Nigerian woman are now on the rise. These should be exploited.
The Nigerian woman should adjust her mindset of winning and dream big. They should embrace firmly intellectual liberation and shun timidity.
They should discard the use of feminine charms to get things. Rather,they should match aspiration with ability, ambition with qualification and focus with determination.
It is the dawn of a new day.
It is time for the Nigerian woman to step out of the shadows and exploit their God given potentials.