Economic Power of women is undeniable the latest goldmine every family, communities and countries are discovering after thousands of years of neglect, undervalued of women’s potentials and the great contributions they can make to develop a nation. Gone are the days when women are relegated to marriage, child-bearing and the house chores only. Investing in women economic power isn’t just about basic human rights, it’s about fully unlocking the potentials of one-third of the world's population.
"Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all." —Hillary Clinton -------
Due to Arab spring, civil unrest and wars in various middle east countries, most of these countries have lost a lot of their men – youth and adult to death in on-going war that has no end, leaving women behind to care for their families only. The loss of men to death is so pervasive in every civic unrest countries and women have nowhere or no one to turn to for support, as each family is dealing with loss of men and adult male in their families to death. As a result, we are beginning to see a change of countries leadership mindset towards women economic engagement to make up for their country's death loss and women as an added value to economic development.
We see a wave of change across the globe as leaders, communities, companies and countries are beginning to see the value of women in various sectors and women prove themselves time after time that they are able, capable and the solutions every country seek for their problems and as peacemaker. Women are now seen as bringing values to the family, community and the economic power for any nation or country to fully develop or advance in all areas.
- Iran allowed women to watch world cup Russia 2018 in their stadium along with men in 37 years, that’s economic power for Iran and Iran women.
- Saudi Arabi issued driver’s license and now allow women to start driving to boost Saudi’s economy and women’s economic power as they join workforce.
- #MeToo movement has exposed the atrocity against women in most working sector, giving women voice and courage to tell their sexual assault stories to the world that every woman can identify with. It has also encouraged more women to challenge the status quo by taking on leadership role in politic, private and public organizations.
Bringing the economic power to Africa continent, above video is a compilation of African women’s statement or voices of what they are passionate about, already doing or want to do to bring economic power to their families, communities and Africa development as a continent. African women are calling out to the world that they have the economic power from their dreams, aspirations, vision, and potentials to develop Africa continent. Are we going to listen and support them or ignore them? African women’s economic power is a mutual benefit for African women, communities, countries, continent and beyond.
“I call upon women to raise each other up, to make each other’s welfare a priority, and to never shame a woman for the choices she makes.” – Frieda Pinto, actress and women’s rights activist
Topsie Olatilewa E.---- African ChangeMakers ---- https://africanchangemakers.org