The need for more empowered women!

Ego Anowi
Posted March 30, 2020 from Nigeria

as always, but more tensed this time, I have just been reminded the dire need for more women if not all to be economically empowered! The precautionary measures in cubbing Covid 19, which entails every one staying at home and isolated has indeed exposed to an extend, the number of women who are dependent on friends, relatives etc for survival! The act of staying at home , no doubt should be accepted with a level of gladness as it appears a solution to the spread of the deadly virus. But the big question is ; is it welcomed by the indigent amongst  us? Is it acceptable to those whose survival lies on their daily income or hustle.... hell NO! 

Ironically, what is meant to bring solution to us is sending many to their early graves and leaving many in panic! The panic, those who are unable to stock up their houses with food stuffs is more than the panic of the virus instead! What are we talking about here? HUNGER IS KILLING MORE THAN THE VIRUS!

The messages I got from hundreds of women(ie the ones who can access me) about their fear of dying of the virus of hunger is appalling. One more time, I have felt ‘unfulfilled  ‘ not been able to assist as much as I can . I weep more than they do without them knowing. I feel pained deep down inside of me for many who are beaten by the virus of lack and hunger this period. Only if every woman is economically empowered, the case would have been different.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 31
Mar 31

Dear sister Loveth. Thanks for this great write up. You have said it all. I encourage all women to use every opportunity they have to empower themselves. No source of income is ever small. But even more we should continue to advocate for women to have more access to credit facilities especially in our African context. Keep keeping up sister . You are doing a great job

Ego Anowi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thanks sis Regina, for your encouragement and inputs! Yes, women having credit facilities is a brilliant idea too. We need good support systems and an enabling environment . All the same thanks sis

Marie Abanga
Mar 31
Mar 31

Big sis,

Thanks for this post. It is really a difficult time for women in particular because we carry the brunt of our families wellness and we can not for the most part ignore our hungry neighbour. I met you in January and saw how much you cared in your heart about wanting to help women get economically empowered. Let's hope this pandemic serves as a wake up call for women the world over to look for all opportunities to advocate for and work for their economic empowerment.
Keep writing and sharing and doing all you do
light and love
Marie

Ego Anowi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thanks Marie, you just summed it up! It’s a great thing to have met you and sis Tosin In January . I got more inspired. Thanks specially too for having introduced me to world pulse ... it’s indeed prayers answered because I have been searching for a group like this where all my untold stories would be told. Cheers

Hello, sis Loveth,

What you have written resonates with me. We experience the same in our country. The poorest of the poor are asking for help. This pandemic made their lives more difficult.

Thank you for raising your voice on this issue. We all need to work together to beat this crisis. Please stay safe.

Ego Anowi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thanks, sis Karen, with all our hands on deck, soon it shall become a history.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 31
Mar 31

Dear Loveth,
Thank you for touching on this often neglected part on the fight to contain the COVID 19.
Many vulnerable people will be left even more miaerable if measures are not taken to help them survive this.
Empowerment is great, but I think still not enough. Basic needs like water and electricity and price regulations needs to be constantly in place because every one is feeling the pinch of this virus and it's cousins of hunger.

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Mar 31
Mar 31

I agree with you nonetheless,the stay at home order with no form of support from the Government authenticates the need for Women to be skilled and financially empowered.
We hope the promises of the Government to support the marginalised would be kept.
Welcome to World Pulse and please follow back your Naija Sister.

Ego Anowi
Apr 03
Apr 03

Awww, thanks sis Oluwatoyin, Government and their promises! Our government has failed hence God blessings will be upon us so we can lift our fellow sister. Following my Naija sister back ooo

otahelp
Mar 31
Mar 31

Loveth this is one of the most trying times of our generation. seriously i also wish that women are more economically stable but they are not. So we can trust on God to assist us remove this virus soonest. trust you are safe with your family

maeann
Mar 31
Mar 31

Loveth Hi :) I so agree with what you said and I quote: "Hunger is killing more than the virus" I hope that your community will be able to reach the most vulnerable. The rich people will be able to share their support and consider marginalized.

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Ego Anowi
Apr 04
Apr 04

Thanks sis Maryann!

Beth Lacey
Apr 01
Apr 01

You are helping. You are giving a voice to the voiceless

Ego Anowi
Apr 04
Apr 04

Thanks for your kind words, Sister Beth

Chidimma
Apr 01
Apr 01

Hi Dear Sister Loveth. I share your views. Honestly speaking we need to empower women. Many depend on others for their survival. This is not supposed to be so. Women need to be empowered.
Thanks for sharing. May God help us survive this virus and learn from it.
Chidi.

Ego Anowi
Apr 04
Apr 04

Thanks sis Chidi for your response! Yes women need to be empowered. An empowered woman has a voice. Good to know also you are an Igbo lady, so we need more women from the East given the fact that our culture and custom enables patriarchy and inequality of sexes!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 05
Apr 05

Hello Loveth,
Your call for the economic empowerment of women is so critically important, even more so now that we are in a global pandemic. Women have given billions of hours of unpaid labour to our countries, and so many through no fault of their own have little or no funds. The governments have benefitted from our labour. It is time for us to raise our voices to demand our governments make it a priority that all of its citizens have what we need in this crisis and to open the doors for women to be financially empowered from here on. Take care of your beautiful heart dear sister.

Ego Anowi
Apr 14
Apr 14

Profound thanks Tamarack for your great inputs and words of of encouragement. I appreciate.