Each for Equal

Glory Ejike
Mar 8 · 4 min read

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. Collectively founded by women, the day is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. International Women’s Day also brings attention to gender parity. Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares women and men through their income, education, and work hours, among other points. This sociological metric helps researchers understand how society is progressing or regressing in specific areas. It’s also an important tool for policy makers striving towards gender equality.

International Women’s Day was officially first celebrated in 1911. In 1975, the United Nations officially recognized International Women’s Day, and, in 1996, began to adopt an annual theme for every year. This year’s theme is ‘Each for Equal.’ The campaign is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism’ and provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action to create a gender equal world.

The global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection on how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. On the surface, sub-Saharan Africa boasts the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurs, at 27%. The MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017 listed two African countries, Uganda (34.8%) and Botswana (34.6%), as having the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs globally. Also, female entrepreneurs are not evenly spread across the continent. Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia have disproportionately high numbers. In the tech ecosystem particularly, few women attempt start-ups; in Africa, only 9% of start-ups have women leaders, according to a 2016 study by Venture Capital for Africa, a Netherlands-based organization that connects start-ups to opportunities. Technology firms led by women experience a 35% higher return on investment than those led by men, according to a paper by the venture capitalist firm Illuminate Ventures. That means investors and other venture capitalists lose out by not providing financial support for women-led businesses.

Women inclusion in tech is very crucial in the development of the Nigerian tech ecosystem and so each of us has a part to play in making the industry more inclusive. This can be achieved by promoting young women in STEM in form of mentorship and donations to organizations dedicated to the cause, as well as making workplaces more accommodating for women.

The notion of ‘collective individualism’ refers to the idea that every individual is a part of a whole, and that an individual’s actions, behaviors, and mindsets can all have an impact on the larger society. While many are working to raise awareness of the perspectives and skill-sets that women bring to the tech ecosystem, initiatives are being launched to bridge the gender gap.

At Findworka, we recognize the invaluable impact of women in the workplace. Our board and staff strength comprise a mix of brilliant women who occupy key positions and are making giant strides in various ways. Today, we honour our women who show up to work every day and make all the difference.

A testament to the fact that women also make great designers, Abigail recently graduated from our Findworka Academy Programme and is currently on internship with us.
What is a company without good man-management policies? Mutiat brings a human face and breath of fresh air to all things HR.
By astutely managing the company’s financial records, Oyin ensures that we maintain a healthy book balance and are sector compliant always.
Converting business leads to profit and ensuring that our clients are happy throughout the stages of product development is Damilola’s forte.
Fondly referred to as the ‘Asiwaju of Findworka’, Glory creates compelling content that tells our story effectively and manages our budding community of developers and tech enthusiasts, spreading good cheer everywhere she goes.

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. An equal world is an enabled world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Legal Practitioner, Tech Enthusiast, Sports Law Votary. Community Manager @ Findworka

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