November 23 2021, at 1:24 AM By Charles Opara
Women are the pioneers of nation. Indian culture attaches great importance to women, comprising half of world’s population. According to a report of secretary general of United Nations, women constitute 50% of human resources, the greatest human resource next only to man having great potentiality.
Women are the key to sustainable development and quality of life in the family. The varieties of role the women assume in the family are those of wife, leader, administrator, manager of family income and last but not the least important the mother.
1. As a wife:
Woman is man’s helpmate, partner and comrade. She sacrifices her personal pleasure and ambitions, sets standard of morality, relieves stress and strain, tension of husband, maintains peace and order in the household. Thereby she creates necessary environment for her male partner to think more about the economic upliftment of family. She is the source of inspiration to man for high endeavour and worth achievements in life.
She stands by him in all the crises as well as she shares with him all successes and attainments. She is the person to whom he turns for love, sympathy, understanding, comfort and recognition. She is the symbol of purity, faithfulness and submission and devotion to her husband.
2. As an Administrator and Leader of the Household:
A well-ordered disciplined household is essential to normal family life. The woman in the family assumes this function. She is the chief executive of an enterprise. She assigns duties among family members according to their interest and abilities and provides resources in-term of equipment and materials to accomplish the job.
She plays a key role in the preparation and serving of meals, selection and care of clothing, laundering, furnishing and maintenance of the house. As an administrator, she organizes various social functions in the family for social development. She also acts as a director of recreation. She plans various recreational activities to meet the needs of young and old members of the family.
3. As a Manager of Family Income:
Woman acts as the humble manager of the family income. It is her responsibility to secure maximum return from every pye spent. She always prefers to prepare a surplus budget instead of a deficit budget. She is very calculating loss and gain while spending money. She distributes judiciously the income on different heads such as necessities, comforts and luxuries. The woman in the family also contributes to the family income through her own earning within or outside the home. She has positive contribution to the family income by the work. She herself performs in the home and uses waste products for productive purposes.
4. As a Mother:
The whole burden of child bearing and greater part of child rearing task are carried out by the woman in the family. She is primarily responsible for the child’s habit of self-control, orderliness, industriousness, theft or honesty. Her contacts with the child during the most formative period of his development sets up his behaviour pattern. She is thus responsible for the maintenance of utmost discipline in the family.
She is the first teacher of the child. She transmits social heritage to the child. It is from mother that the child learns the laws of the race, the manner of men, moral code and ideals. The mother, because of her intimate and sustained contact with the child, she is able to discover and nurture child’s special traits aptitudes and attitudes which subsequently play a key role in the shaping of his personality.
As a mother she is the family health officer. She is very much concerned about the physical wellbeing of every member of the family, the helpless infant, the sickly child, the adolescent youth, senescent parent. She organizes the home and its activities in such a way so that each member of the family has proper food, adequate sleep and sufficient recreation. She made the home a place of quite comfortable and appropriate setting for the children through her talent. Besides, she cultivates taste in interior design and arrangement, so that the home becomes an inviting, restful and cheerful place.
The mother is the central personality of the home and the family circle. All the members turn to her for sympathy, understanding and recognition. Woman devotes her time, labour and thought for the welfare of the members of the family. For the unity of interacting personalities, man provides the temple woman provides the ceremonies and the atmosphere.
The woman performs the role of wife, partner, organizer, administrator, director, re-creator, disburser, economist, mother, disciplinarian, teacher, health officer, artist and queen in the family at the same time. Apart from it, woman plays a key role in the socio-economic development of the society.
Modern education and modern economic life use to compel woman more and more to leave the narrow sphere of the family circle and work side by side for the enrichment of society. She can be member of any women’s organisation and can launch various programmes like literacy programme such as adult education, education for disadvantaged girls etc.
The purpose of introducing such literacy programme is to raise the society as education enables women to respond to opportunities, to challenge their traditional roles and to change their life circumstances. Education is the most important instrument for human resource development.
Women are the key to sustainable development and quality of life. So they should be members of community centre or club to disseminate knowledge about handicraft, cottage industries, food preservation and low cost nutritious diet to people belonging low socio economic status for their economic upliftment. They should act as leaders of the society to raise voice against women violence, exploitation in household as well as in work place, dowry prohibition superstition and other social atrocities.
They should be member of religious institution to deliver spiritual speech to adolescent boys and girls in order to eliminate juvenile delinquency problem from the society. In addition they have pivotal role in pre and post marital counselling for adolescent girl regarding sexual transmitted disease. AIDS and other infectious diseases. They are supposed to create awareness about Human rights, women and child rights, credit facility of bank, different immunization programmes to low socio economic status people of the society.
Moreover it is the women who have sustained the growth of society and moulded the future of nations. In the emerging complex social scenario, women have a vital role to play in different sectors. They can no longer be considered as mere harbingers of peace but are emerging as the source of power and symbol of progress.
November 23 2021, at 1:24 AM
By Victrix Ventures
Dr. Cynthia Drakeman received a 2021 World of Difference Award from The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) at a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, November 18, announced Victrix Ventures today. The global award recognized Dr. Drakeman, Victrix Ventures' Founding CEO, for her contributions to Entrepreneurship and Women's Economic Empowerment. The 20 World of Difference Awards were presented to "extraordinary individuals" from 10 countries on five different continents "whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally, or worldwide."
"I'm honored to be recognized by The International Alliance for Women, and commend the important work they do bringing attention to women's economic advancement around the world. Women's entrepreneurship is an engine that can power our communities, and help us create the sustainable economies of the future. I am excited to be part of that effort," said Dr. Drakeman.
Dr. Cynthia L. Drakeman is a global expert on women's economic empowerment with particular expertise in gender-smart investing, evidence-based policy development, private sector best practices, women's market access, and women's entrepreneurship. The lead author of the 2017 U.N. Report on Women's Economic Empowerment, Dr. Drakeman has worked closely with heads of state, senior government ministers, diplomats, corporate executives, investors, academics, think tanks, and women entrepreneurs along with numerous NGOs and multilateral institutions.
Dr. Drakeman is the Founding CEO of Victrix Ventures, a company dedicated to women's economic advancement, and was previously the founding CEO of DoubleXEconomy, LLC, a research and consulting firm committed exclusively to women's economic empowerment. She also serves as a Delegate and former Co-Chair of the United States Delegation to the Women20 (an official engagement group of the G20), and has served as a board member of Solar Sister, a non-profit organization committed to bringing clean energy to Africa through women's entrepreneurship. She has an AB from Princeton University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
November 17 2021, at 6:24 PM
By Charles Opara
Joycee Awosika is an entrepreneur and energy economist with a dual degree in Business Management from Goucher University in Maryland, USA. A project and operations management professional, who has garnered expertise in the formulation as a certified natural skincare formulator in the UK, she has a history of running companies, including Oríkì, the first and only all-natural farm to skin brand to operate a fast-growing premium product and wellness spa brand on the Continent of Africa.
Awosika has built a reputation for her expertise in creating a structure for businesses and homes, and provides, Standard Operating Procedures and templates through her platform, SOAR, leading operations and business process consultancy that works closely with businesses and individuals for sustainability, consistency and standards.
She is avidly passionate about impacting SME’s to be sustainable and scalable realising that they form the backbone of any economy. As the former curator of the World Economic Forum Abuja Global Shapers Hub, a highly selective group of young people around the world, creating valuable impact in their communities, Awosika led a team comprised of 21 young leaders on a number of community initiatives focused on education, youth unemployment and entrepreneurship. One of the staple initiatives was the development of employability and entrepreneurship workshops, which have reached over 2000 young people in Nigeria.
A World Economic Forum Global Shaper Alumni, a nominee of The Future Awards Prize in Public Service, (2013 & 2016) and selected into the African Leadership Network, she sits on the board of Oxfam’s Work in Progress Programme and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Fellow. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, she talks about her passion for empowering women through entrepreneurship.
As a serial entrepreneur with key skills in leadership, research trends, organisation and innovation, how are you able to define these many paths?
For me, the key is to always prioritise. I wear different hats at different times depending on the season I am in or the mission I am seeking to accomplish. Leadership is always in the mix, no matter the circumstance. However, sometimes, I am building and sometimes I am researching. I believe that one of the responsibilities of a successful entrepreneur is to be able to discern what is a priority at any given time.
As a versatile professional who has worked in different spheres, how have your experiences shaped you and the work you do now?
I have taken a valuable skillset from every job I have had since the age of 13 when I had my first official employment. At 13, I was hired by an organisation called Score, to tutor elementary school kids in Mathematics and English. On that job, I learned patience and attention to detail. In my most recent job before I started Oriki, I worked as a technical adviser to the Honorable Minister of Power and on that job, I learned how to multi-task to perfection.
At any given time, I had upwards of ten deliverables, and I couldn’t afford to miss one. Right after I graduated from University, I worked for a fortune 100-power company in their New York City office and in that role, I learned how to have a voice and be innovative in the workplace. I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge, so it is inevitable for me to learn something in any surrounding I find myself in.
You currently run an all-natural farm to skin and wellness brand, Oriki, share with us what informed this venture?
I grew up seeing American brands tell stories of how they are doing exceptional work by giving back to African countries through the purchase of raw ingredients and turning it into finished goods. As I got older, I became more and more uncomfortable with this narrative. To further convince me that I had to do something about it, I came to Nigeria for the first time as an adult and I was floored with how resource-rich Nigeria is. Nigeria is truly an opulent and great nation; we just need the right leadership with the right policies and relentless entrepreneurs to bring out the best of Nigeria.
November 17 2021, at 6:24 PM
By Charles Opara
One of Nigeria’s premiere women-focused fintech startups, Herconomy (previously known as AGS Tribe) has announced its partnership with Qatar Airways at the airline’s headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos. In attendance were Charles Nwosu, Business Development Manager, Herconomy; Anu Anibaba, Program Manager, Herconomy, while Qatar team include Kennedy K. Chirchir, Country Manager, Nigeria; Henry Ugeh, Senior Sales Executive, Nigeria; and Omolola Ojo, E-Commerce Officer, Nigeria.
In line with the newly launched fintech’s goal to create financial freedom and improve the standard of living for its community members, this partnership allows Gold members of the community access to flights at a discounted rate. Gold members of Herconomy can now enjoy incredible discounts, through an electronic bankcard that allows them access to a large group of partners who are part of Herconomy’s affinity partnership network.
Affinity partnerships such as this will significantly contribute to the economic empowerment that Herconomy is driving for their community. The firm prides itself on being value-oriented, constantly seeking ways to improve the standard of living for its community members. In the context of this partnership, travel is undoubtedly a big part of business and personal development. Therefore, access to affordable travel is a crucial need that many women would greatly value.
The Founder of Herconomy, Ifedayo Durosinmi- Etti, stated that this partnership was not only inspired by Herconomy’s goal, but is also personal; her love for women and life. She noted that a significant part of her development is derived from the opportunity and access to the world.
“Traveling fosters a medium to build human connections with one another. The opportunity to travel, grow, learn something new, new cultures, and see the way people live their day-to-day lives in different parts of the world. That is truly the best on-site learning a person can get, and we’re so grateful to Qatar for allowing our community to leverage this opportunity,” she said.
Herconomy is one of the organisations championing financial inclusion for women, and is fast building a solid track record of dedication and commitment towards the growth and development of Nigerian women. This partnership offer is merely one of its value offerings.
Earlier in the year, when it announced its partnership with global retail giant Amazon, Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti said, “Our goal is to create a space where women can thrive economically, we want them to have access to opportunities that other women in more developed countries have.”