Because I am a Woman
Wale is a young guy, enterprising, hardworking and single. He goes house hunting and met with the Landlord, paperwork is done and he gets the apartment.
I am a young woman, enterprising, hardworking and single. I went house hunting and met with the Landlord, he denies me of getting the apartment because I am a single woman.
Toju is 30 and he and part of the management staff of a multinational. He drives a luxury car and lives in the highbrow area. He wears designer outfits and attends high society functions and he is a bachelor.
Everyone sings his praises because of his achievement as a single man. Chidinma is 30 and part of the management staff in a multinational. She drives a luxury car and lives in the highbrow area. She wears designer outfits and attends high society functions and she is single. But everyone mocks her because she is a single woman.
Mr Yesuf lost his wife 6 months ago, and he his left with his 3 children. Last week he invited us for his wedding and everyone was happy for him.
Mrs Ajadi lost her husband 5 years ago, and she is left with her 3 children. Last week she invited us for her wedding and everyone was beginning to judge her because she is a woman.
Why do I always have to be on the receiving end, why do I always have to be the second option, why do I always have to miss opportunities, why do I always have to dim my shine, why can’t I be celebrated for my achievements, because I am a Woman?
I am equal to the man and can achieve whatever the man can, why can’t I be celebrated as much as the man.
All I want is to leave a mark because I AM A WOMAN.
Women and girls everywhere must have equal rights and opportunity and be able to live free of violence and discrimination. Women’s equality and empowerment is SDG 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Leaving no one behind, with stepped up action on gender equality, every part of the world can make progress towards sustainable development by 2030.
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