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Gender equality for dummies

By Aisha Nana Salaudeen GENDER EQUALITY — the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. ~ When I demand for equality I am not demanding for a gender switch, that would be an insult. ~ When I demand for equality I am merely asking to be treated fairly, not discriminated because of my gender. ~ My demand ...

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Arewa Girl Child: Leader Denied her Throne

The world over, it has become a norm to provide equal access to opportunities devoid of gender; for indeed, the girl child deserves as much knowledge, healthcare, employment, empowerment, social and economic security as does the male. It is indeed disheartening when one sees the utter neglect of the female population across northern Nigeria. It is worrisome that the female ...

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How Empowering Women Can Help End Poverty in Africa

For far too long, women and girls in Africa have faced discrimination and inequalities in the workforce which have not only hurt them, but their families, communities and their countries as a whole. As we begin 2015, the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment, one thing is clear: we will not reduce poverty without working to achieve gender equality. While ...

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Jaruma Exclusive! Hadiza Bala Usman’s first Interview As Chief Of Staff:”Stereotype?What Stereotype?”

By Fatima Zahra and Nafisa Umar There are so many ways I can describe Hadiza but I still wouldn’t do justice to the essence of the woman.  She is a devoted mother, a wife and a trailblazing ceiling breaking activist. I must admit I was blown away by her humility and warmth. So many times during the interview, we took breaks ...

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Feminization Of Poverty In Nigeria

By Yakubu Yahaya Poverty has been widely accepted in terms as general scarcity or dearth, or state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possession or money. Absolute poverty or destitution as Nigerian women have been subjected to enforcing the patriarchal human nature refers to deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, ...

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I write to change status of women in Northern Nigeria – Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is one of the pioneers of Hausa romance literature, popularly known as ‘Soyayya’ novels. Yakubu, a sister of late military head of state, General Murtala Mohammed, has written nine books and owns several companies. Here she shares her vision for women, how she overcame criticism from religious leaders, and how writing has changed her life. Bookshelf: You ...

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Three women of the Supreme Court

Since the establishment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN), men alone decided the constitutionality of Nigerian laws until Wednesday, June 8, 2005 when Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar was elevated to the Supreme Court bench. Aloma also broke the jinx to become the first woman Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). The second woman elevated to the Supreme Court bench was ...

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Phenomenal Arewa Women

Happy International Women’s Day to our dearest female readers. In honor of this very special day, we’ve compiled a list of Arewa women who refused to be molded into a stereotype. They’ve achieved tremendous success in their various fields and have shown that being a woman is in no way a limitation to success. Queen Amina of Zaria The famous ...

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The rejected flight attendant who started her own aviation company

For one South African businesswoman, getting more female pilots into the skies is not just her work, it’s her passion. Sibongile Sambo wanted to be a flight attendant with South African Airways, but she did not meet the minimum height requirement to become one. So she decided to star herOWN BUSINESS, and had to sell her car and use her ...

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Women Doing Odd Jobs

By Toheeb Jaiyeola It was a usual lagos busy evening, the time of the day when people are returning from their various places of work. Rush hour period for commercial transporters and mostly a very slow traffic hour for private car owners who may be trapped behind passenger hunting commercial vehicles. It was on this evening in the year 2012 ...

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