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Lagos NAWOJ And Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day

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Lagos NAWOJ And Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Celebrates International Women's Day

…Holds Symposium To Ensure Women’s Narratives Are Accurately Represented

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2024, Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation and the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Lagos State Chapter, recently held a one-day symposium on ensuring women’s narratives are accurately represented in the media landscape.

The association made the call on Friday, 8th March 2024 in Lagos during the celebration of International Women’s Day 2024, with the theme: “Inspire Inclusion” organised by Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation.

Speaking on the theme, Mrs Toro Oladapo, Former National President of NAWOJ, said that women’s inclusion in policy-making and leadership roles is important for sustainable development.

We need more percentage of women in leadership roles and policy formation. Their inclusion remains important if Nigeria is to achieve equality, sustainable development, peace, and democracy,” she said

She added that there were still some stereotypes that prevented women from realising their full potential.

Lagos NAWOJ And Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day is to appreciate what we have done for our families, organisations, and nation. “We must encourage the inclusion of women in all sectors including those from marginalised groups, they have a significant contribution.

“We have a lot to do on policies that will make the environment conducive to inspire the girl child. “Insecurity, domestic violence, and other vices are discouraging women from achieving their full potential”.

Oladapo also said social, cultural, and religious beliefs have kept women in the background

We are believed to be seen and heard in the background, but we are going to remove all the stereotypes, we will not give up, we will project the women that can represent us”.

In conclusion, she, therefore, urged women to support their fellow women in leadership roles.

“Do not pull your fellow women down, instead give them a helping hand when they are falling short of expectations”.

Also, Chairperson, NAWOJ, Lagos State Chapter, Adeola Ekine who was represented by the Vice Chairperson, Bunmi Yekini noted that from editing Wikipedia articles to creating and sharing content that highlights women’s achievements, there are countless ways in which both organisations can collaborate to inspire inclusion and promote diversity in the digital sphere.

She urged stakeholders to recommit themselves to the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and work together to inspire inclusion in all aspects of society, from the media industry to the online world.

The Executive Director, Wikimedia, Nigeria, Mrs. Omolayo Ogunsiji, said that women inclusion is very important in the life of media.

She said Wikimedia User Group Nigeria has been involved in several advocacy programs to promote Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects and to bridge the gender gap on the internet.

We want to learn and read more about women who are doing exploits on Wikimedia. “Many women are doing excellently well but they are not known because nobody is there to write their stories. “Wikimedia is there to change the narrative, women can no longer be pushed to the back”.

“We want to include women in different professions in Nigeria including the less privileged and the disabled,” Ogunsiji concluded.

And finally, the President of Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation, Olusola Olaniyan explained that the partnership with NAWOJ is borne out of the need to train and amplify the voices of women in all sectors, spaces, and most importantly in the media.

Olaniyan, who said the intended training will be supported by the Swedish Embassy, noted that working with professional bodies such as NAWOJ will ensure that only credible information is made available to Nigerians.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. The WikiGap Nigeria Online Challenge seeks to foster inclusivity, diversity, and gender representation on Wikipedia and the internet at large.

“We, therefore, urge everyone to join us and play their parts in ensuring that we begin to see more women in the world’s largest encyclopedia,” Olushola Olaniyan added.

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