Commemorating International Women’s Day 2024: Empowering Women to Accelerate Progress

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The Centre for Advocacy, Transparency, and Accountability Initiative (CATAI), in partnership with the network of women-led affairs and social development, and the Borno Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, commemorates International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 with the theme ‘Invest in women, accelerate progress.'”

International Women’s Day, recognized globally as a celebration of women’s achievements and a call for gender equality, holds profound significance worldwide. As the world commemorates this momentous occasion on March 8th, 2024, reflection on the progress made towards empowering women and advancing their rights is paramount. It is against this backdrop of global solidarity and advocacy that the Centre for Advocacy, Transparency, and Accountability Initiative (CATAI), in collaboration with the network of women-led affairs and social development, and the Borno Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, converges to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 in Maiduguri on Saturday 9th March, 2024.

During his opening remarks, Abubakar Sadiq Mu’azu, the Executive Director of CATAI, underscored the multifaceted approach to investing in women. He articulated that empowering women extends beyond mere financial support; it encompasses providing them with education, equipping them with essential skills, and facilitating access to low-interest loans to kickstart businesses. This comprehensive strategy aims to foster self-reliance among women, enabling them to thrive and contribute meaningfully to society.

Fifteen years of Boko Haram conflict in Borno have indeed resulted in significant psychological and social challenges for women. According to Abubakar, investing more in women is crucial to maintaining their hopes alive amidst these adversities. CATAI will continue its unwavering commitment to advocating for gender equality, ensuring better livelihoods for women in Borno and Nigeria, he said.

The Commissioner of Women’s Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, reiterated the Borno government’s commitment to ensuring women’s access to education, healthcare services, and other essential resources through its 25-year action plan. Speaking through the Director of Child Development, Bawagana Kyari, she emphasized, “Investing in women is the only way to achieve gender equality and foster women’s development.”
Additionally, Comrade Bulama Abiso, the Executive Director of the Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno State (NECSOB), echoed this sentiment, affirming that investing in women not only benefits society but also secures the future of the country.

The Commissioner of Women’s Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, reiterated the Borno government’s commitment to ensuring women’s access to education, healthcare services, and other essential resources through its 25-year action plan. Speaking through the Director of Child Development, Bawagana Kyari, she emphasized, “Investing in women is the only way to achieve gender equality and foster women’s development.”
Additionally, Comrade Bulama Abiso, the Executive Director of the Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno State (NECSOB), echoed this sentiment, affirming that investing in women not only benefits society but also secures the future of the country.

the commemoration of International Women’s Day 2024 highlights the collective commitment to empowering women and advancing gender equality in Borno State and beyond. Through collaborative efforts and a multifaceted approach, including education, skill-building, and access to resources, organizations like CATAI are making strides towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society. As reflection on the progress made and the challenges that remain, it becomes evident that investing in women is essential for the development and prosperity of communities and nations alike. Together, they continue to champion the rights and opportunities of women, ensuring a brighter future for all.