The street cleaners, the roadside cook, the voice on radio, the non-governmental organization head, the civil servant, the medical professional, the teacher, the mother. We see or hear the women everyday, but not many stop to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifices made by women in most societies.
But on this International Women’s Day 2018, we pause to recognize the women who move our societies, albeit in the background.
From Goge Africa’s travels, we come across a cross section of women who serve as the engine behind the thriving tourism sector of Africa. Women who go above and beyond to ensure the continent is presented in the best light. After all the guests are left with a smile, same women head back home to families’ whose needs must be met. They’re the nation builders, they nurture our children and the entire nation, the home builders. Women’s contributions are invaluable.
However, all isn’t rosy when it comes to serving these women what is duly theirs, says the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report.
“This report finds that, globally, gender parity is shifting into reverse this year for the first time since the World Economic Forum started measuring it,” says Klauss Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. “Yet there are also many countries that have made considerable progress, understanding that talent is a critical factor for growth. These countries are poised for further success.”
Of note is the gender gap at industry level, the findings reveal. Even though women are becoming equally or more qualified than their male counterparts, “many industries are failing to hire, retain and promote them, losing out on a wealth of capacity,” Mr. Schwab said.
The organization hopes the report serves as a call to governments to “accelerate gender equality through bolder policy-making, to businesses to prioritize gender equality as a critical economic and moral imperative and to all of us to become deeply conscious of the choices we make every day that impact gender equality globally.”
Goge Africa only hopes the report for 2018 paints a clearer and more optimistic picture of women, especially African women.
However, collectively, we need to actively work for it.
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture,” Chimamanda Adichie, internationally renowned writer said
Unfortunately, that won’t come easily. Women must take ownership of the fight, said Kate Henshaw, a veteran Nollywood actress and fitness enthusiast.
“International Women’s Day is a reminder for women to keep owning their spaces and soaring inspite of the odds,” Ms. Henshaw said.
Managing Director of Goge Africa, Nneka Isaac Moses agrees.
“International Women’s Day is a day to remember that as long as women are not more involved in the affairs of the world generally, we only delay the progress of our nations,” she said.
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