The International Women’s Day (IWD) is the day set aside to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. It is a civil awareness day and also a women and girls’ day. We can also regard it as an anti-sexism day.

It is a day set aside for the recognition and celebration of women globally. It is celebrated on 8th of March every year. Each member country of the United Nations is expected to organize programs to enhance the emancipation of women and the girl child.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

It is also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the achievement of women as well as acting as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report of 2017 revealed that it will take about 100 years (a century) to close the gender gap hence the theme for 2018 is #PressForprogress. The theme should vary from country to country but invariably they are all addressing issues concerning women and girls.

It is indeed more important than ever for women to aim for progress. Women can no longer be complacent. There is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.

“Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.”
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres


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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: or Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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