What worked well?
Did you create any new training materials you’re willing to share?
The day was a bright and sunny Sunday 8th March 2020 by 2pm WAT.
The event took place in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, South-South Region, Nigeria
we had 12 persons in attendance - 9 female 3 male
International Women's day celebrated on March 8 every year is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe, and is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women's rights.
This year supported by World Pulse we celebrated with 12 persons – 9 women and 3 he4she.
The meeting started with the World Women Anthem ad expectations from participants ranging from Understanding what International Women's Day is all about to understanding how it started, where we are and of course what is expected of them as participants.
While on the issue of women rights one woman who lost her husband last year shared her success story. She told us that she is an empowered woman because while her husband was alive, she was already doing her business and was grounded in it. When her husband answered the call of nature, she continued in her trade without being a burden to anyone and she is comfortable with her children.
Another lady shared how she and her 8 siblings were able to attend the type of school their parents wished for them. She said her father was a military man and was not usually around often but her mother was insistent on trading. Every time her mother buys her wares for sale, her father will pack them up and give them away telling her mother that he can take care of his family without her assistance. They continued that way with her mother not given up. When she and siblings were ready to be enrolled into high school, her father realized that his salary will not be able to take care of the fees, he invited the wife for a discussion. They eventually had to split the school fees between him and the wife – 5 to 4 and that’s how the family was able to get the required formal education without any hitch.
That was the much we could take of our sharing because of time constraint.
We took up their expectations one by one and thoroughly dealt with them. That eventually brought us to discussing what is expected of them after the meeting. I took them through the WP training manuals.
They were happy to join the platform and promised to share their stories as well as engage women in their different circles and enlighten them on the rights of women and the continuous campaign on all angles to ensure that women have equal opportunities and access like their male counterpart.
Challenges: we sent invitations to 20 women and 5 men but 9 women and 3 men turned up for the meeting. When we were evaluating, we realized that having put it on Sunday was one of our handicap. We Nigerians are very religious people and we felt that most of the women did not close from church early enough to join us. the person that was also in charge of the multi media / projector did not show up. We could not also record their stories because they did not agree to that.
All in all it was a great event.
I and my ICT volunteer came up with a short social media training manual to aid their understanding. My ICT volunteer is also a WORLD PULSE member.