5 questions 2 Women | What do these Nigerian women have to say about the changing world of work? #BeBoldforChange

In her address, the UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that there is relatively low female participation in technology. She said “Women and girls must be ready to be part of the digital revolution. Currently only 18 per cent of undergraduate computer science degrees are held by women. We must see a significant shift in girls all over the world taking STEM subjects, if women are to compete successfully for high-paying ‘new collar’ jobs. Currently just 25 per cent of the digital industries’ workforce are women”. I do not think that anyone will be surprised at this statistics. I am sure you know at least one woman who a tech major in school but is not towing that path in their career or even those who declined the idea of doing a STEM related Degree for reasons to do with gender.

According to the United Nations (UN), this year’s International Women’s day was themed “Women in the changing world of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. This is an agenda in line with the #BeBoldForChange theme that went around on Wednesday March 8. I thought i could sample opinion from some women on the issue by way of reflection and calling for change. Its all about encouraging women out there.

Meet Mary, a big fan of Chimamanda – Ngozi Adichie. She holds a degree in Public Administration and is currently a staff of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Nigeria. Here are her thoughts..

Growing up as a girl child in the Nigerian system,  in what ways did it prepare you to aspire to make positive changes in your community?

Ijeoma, Feminism is the way. I’m a feminist! “Women in the changing world of work…” I can boldly tell you that the world is not a better place only for a reason. And what is that? WOMEN. When women begin to participate actively in the world of work, the world will experience “world peace “. In the world of work, men and women need equal treatment. There has been limit as to what a woman could achieve. As a Nigerian child, I see no limit! I work hard to break chains. Its just about the time, as to when preparation meets opportunity and success happens. Women are drained from home. To make a positive change in our community, this positive change must begin at home, a Nigerian girl needs re-orientation to knowing that there’s no limit. We can be where and who we need to be. I further recommend a Korean movie “JUNG YI” sponsored and funded by her Ministry of culture…. Every family need to see this.

Tell us more about this movie

Dear parents, dear girl, dear Man, and dear all, JUNG YI is a movie you’ve been waiting for.” It’s answers every parent question. It directs every confused girl. It leads every focused Man. This movie is the answer to your question!

Today the world of work is definitely changing. We can see the rise in informal labour, together with its increasing demand for technology. How do you think this is will favor of women?

I do not have a first class result, I am PROUDLY a first class MIND. Formal or informal labour, how will this favor women? If there’s any development channeled for growth of the nation, the question is “what are the tools to achieve such sustainable development and growth?” men and women should equally be sampled. There should be equal opportunity. Where an intelligent person is needed, a lazy fellow is equally needed. Give a lazy fellow a difficult task to do, he/she will quickly do that. Short cuts! The intelligent man will want to use his wits.  What so ever could favor a man should favor a women. Is technology a barrier? No way.I am saying that We can navigate in all ramifications.

What are your thoughts on how women can breakthrough considering that we are not particularly the “techie” bunch?

No one was born “techie”! This is where training comes in. How can we breakthrough? Oh no, it’s through us that a nation can achieve a break off from challenges. We are tools for Breakthroughs when we get equal participation. There are tremendous innovations here and there and we need to prepare ourselves. We don’t have to see opportunity before preparation. Preparation is the key. In a book authored by John C. Maxwell “Today Matters” the last paragraph of page 67 ” said, “you can have anything you want, but you cannot have everything you want”. You have to choose. ” Women, what have we chosen? What we do today matters.

So basically you are saying in the last sentence that women should not shy away from being tech savvy?

Yes they should embrace technology and use it to their advantage.

What other challenges do you envisage and In what ways are the men expected to play a part in achieving this 50-50 target by 2030?

This is simple. Collective responsibility.

One last question. What is your message to fellow women out there?

“Don’t you know you are a woman? This can help you in your husbands house “, “Soon you will have your own home”. These are the kind of comments women hear from women. These are what mothers and fathers tell their girls. This is the tone of advice a girl gets from family members. A woman’s limit is already defined. We can re-define and re-orientate our daughters. We can refrain from these. #Women, know that no matter how often someone says you can’t do something, by simply working harder and trying, you can prove them wrong and actually change your circumstances. This lesson is priceless and I will keep it tucked in my head as I live on.

CHEERS.

Mary is from Eastern Nigeria, grew up mostly in the North and now works in the South-South. You can find her on Facebook 

Mary sounds very passionate in her responses right? Have you seen this JUNGYI movie? I will have to look for this movie to watch. I hope its one of does free movies. Anyone with a quick link to the movie help!

 

Meet Fisayo, A first year Medical student of St. George’s University Grenada. She Holds A Public Health Degree from Temple University, Philadelphia. She is very much Nigerian and believes women can achieve whatever they set their minds on. Here is what she has to say….

Growing up as a girl child in the Nigerian system,  in what ways did it prepare you to aspire to make positive changes in your community?

Growing up as a female in Nigeria, I was raised to believe I can achieve whatever I set my mind to do with God on my side. As a child I thought every child was raised the same way, in a safe environment with the freedom to express themselves. But as I grew older, I realized how ignorant this thought process was.

Today the world of work is definitely changing. We can see the rise in informal labour, together with its increasing demand for technology. How do you think this is will favor of women?

With the increasing demand in technology, I believe this creates more opportunities for both men and women. For women especially, this could expose us more into the technology sector. Informal labour in itself is a great opportunity to grow financially, be independent and still keep a home. Embracing technology means you can do more for our craft/side hustle and rake in more money from the comfort of our homes.

What are your thoughts on how women can breakthrough considering that we are not particularly the techy  bunch?

I believe that everyone has the ability to do whatever they set their mind to. As women, we are more than capable of achieving anything. Nothing is impossible for us.

What other challenges do you envisage and In what ways are the men expected to play a part in achieving this 50-50 target by 2030?

I think that women have mostly needed validation of some sort to get through every phase in life. Don’t wait for other people to tell you what to do and not do with your life. Decide on what you want and go for it. Do not limit yourself. There is more than enough space for us all to succeed in life.

CHEERS.

Fisayo hopes that pretty soon she can do something to affect the ives of the less privileged Nigerian women who have no one to speak for them. Catch her on Instagram when she does not have her head buried in books. 

Wow! I think there is a lot to take away from this. Two more of this posts is coming in the course of the month. Stay tuned!

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6 Comments

  1. Very beautiful and take home lessons from the super intelligent ladies. The woman strength and power to do big things needs to be reieterated unseasonably . we are stronger than who they see us to be, we are stronger than who they make us be and we are stronger than who think we are. Rise up woman and take co-charge of the world.

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      The more women we can reach, the more we are able to drive home the message

  2. I enjoyed sharing my opinion on this topic. Thank you for letting me <3.

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      Hey dear, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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