In the famous words of Tian Wei, “any society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge disadvantage in the modern world”.
Nigeria today is at a disadvantage due to the vast socioeconomic disparities that stretch within and beyond regional frontiers. These enormous diversities in living conditions and opportunities are of utmost concern. Similar to many developing countries around the world, the story of gender inequality is not new.
Nigerian women are amongst the most marginalized and experience barriers in every aspect of our society, with most having little or no access to education, resources and opportunities.
The significant gender gaps in education, economic empowerment and political participation in Nigeria are glaring and are cyclical. Discriminatory laws and practices, violence against women and gender stereotypes hinder greater progress towards gender equality.
The cycle is continuous; it is time not only to talk about it but to be the active change we desire in our own country. The Women Impacting Nigeria Foundation was formed out of this necessity. It is a female run, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to positively affecting the socio-economic development of Nigeria, through the empowerment of women and gender equality.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development is clear: there can be no sustainable development without gender equality. When looking through all 17 SDGs it is clear that gender inequalities are deeply rooted and are pervasive in each and every dimension of sustainable development.
Thus, WIN is committed to addressing gender-based discrimination across all 17 SDGs and achieving gender parity within all of goals for the 2030 Agenda.
To conclude we note that women’s economic empowerment is a pre-requisite for sustainable development in the national growth and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Research shows that empowered women are catalysts for multiplying development efforts. Furthermore, investments in gender equality yield the highest returns of all development investments (OECD, 2010)