Women Empowerment, The Next Big thing

We have seen firsthand that investing in women employment is good for the economy and for business.

Women and Girls are one of the most powerful catalysts for change in the world today, the African woman continues to face not just an epidemic of poverty, but also strenuous and heavy work load. Women play a very critical role in food processing and production, yet their right to access, use, control and ownership of land  and other essential resources are limited in certain parts of Africa.

Rural women in these areas are rarely heard in decision-making processes.The bad reality of work is of slaving excessive hours, most time in difficult and unsafe working conditions, for wages that are not even enough to meet their daily need for survival.  Majority of workers in the supply chains are women, this means their contribution is very important, more can be done to improve women’s rights and to make female workers more visible within supply chains by influencing policy, we must go beyond legal compliance and put in place strategies to enhance and improve working conditions and opportunities for women

Promoting gender equality in our society is not just a matter of human rights but also a fundamental condition for sustainable social and economic development. We must make sure women and girls have full and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in politics, economic religion and public life. What is needed to ensure women’s rights is collaboration at governmental level in policy making, collaboration between businesses and NGOs, training both formal and informal and providing business cases for investment in women’s health and empowerment programmes especially to rural women.

 

Why is empowering women workers important?

1.Women starts small business faster than men, From home-based micro-businesses to small startups and shops, women will create over half of the 9.72 million new small-business jobs Forbes is predicting we’ll have by 2018.

2.Insane innovations comes from women. If the pee-powered generator built by a group of 14-year-old girls in Nigeria wasn’t enough, what about this Turkish girl who figured out how to turn bananas into bioplastic…or Ada Lovelace, who invented the first computer program? Women have been innovating and excelling in the fields of science and math for hundreds of years…despite facing harassment and discrimination. More empowerment means more women in science, which means more life-saving invention.

3.Political Empowerment means more and better policies. When policymakers are mostly men, it seems like the needs of women (and a lot of other people) get thrown by the wayside. When women stand up in political forums, we get legislation that can save lives, protect young girls, and provide access to needed healthcare. If we want our daughters to have the care they need in the future, we need more women in political power now. Empowerment for everyone!

4.To ensure that women’s rights as individuals and as workers are not abused

5.To ensure that discrimination is not practiced within supply chains

6.To improve women’s ability – through better skills, confidence and wages – to support their families and communities. “Better jobs for women—employment that leads to higher wages and greater decision-making—also have a positive influence on the ways households spend money on children’s nutrition, health, and education


Omose initiative, a Subsidiary of Stell-Row Ventures, is geared towards supporting, empowering, engaging, inspiring and equipping young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs and change agents. Our passion is  to promote the economic and social empowerment of women through the formation of self-managed and self-sustaining groups.

Stella Ozemoya is the CEO of Stell-Row Enterprises, an entrepreneur, a business development services provider for start-ups, an advocate for women’s rights on Empowerment and gender equality,  a political activist, a TEEP ALUMNI 2015, an EDC alumni Pan Atlantic University, and a mentor with Cherie Blair foundation for Women in business. She trains youths in agro processing,  she also facilitates in a Lagos Skill and Vocational centre and is an Ashoka Changemaker scholar.

 

Connect with Stella:

Twitter – @stellaoze

Facebook – Stella Adewole-Ozemoya

Email – omose5@yahoo.co.uk

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