International Women’s Day: You Stand As Beacons Of Hope, Courage, And Inspiration

By Atanda Olabisi

Dear Woman,

Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve travelled and the road ahead. Each of you, with your unique stories, strengths, and aspirations, contributes to the vibrant tapestry of our community.

You are daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, colleagues, leaders, and so much more. You navigate through the complexities of life with grace, resilience, and determination. Your existence defies the limits society tries to impose, breaking barriers and redefining what is possible.

In a world where gender norms and patriarchal structures persist, you stand as beacons of hope, courage, and inspiration. Your voices, your actions, and your unwavering spirit continue to shape history and drive progress forward.

Despite the challenges you may face—inequality, discrimination, violence, and systemic barriers—you rise above them with unwavering resolve. Your strength knows no bounds, and your potential is limitless.

Today’s theme, “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,” underscores the critical importance of empowering and uplifting women and girls worldwide. When we invest in women, we invest in the future of our communities, our nations, and our world. By providing equal opportunities, access to education, healthcare, economic resources, and leadership roles, we unlock the full potential of half of humanity –

Together, we must continue to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in every sphere of our society. We must amplify the voices of those who are marginalized and oppressed, ensuring that their stories are heard and their struggles acknowledged.

As we commemorate this day, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a more just, inclusive, and equitable world for all. Let us stand in agreement, lifting each other up, celebrating our achievements, and supporting one another in our endeavours.

To every woman and girl: You are valued. You are powerful. You are deserving of every opportunity and every dream. Today and every day, may you be celebrated, respected, and empowered to thrive.

Happy International Women’s Day!

ASC Atanda Olabisi is the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Gender Desk Officer at the National HQ, Abuja