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The Women of World Pulse LIVE: Meet Olanike

We are so excited about this year's World Pulse LIVE Tour and our three incredible women leaders! We are taking to the cities of New York, Portland and San Francisco September 21-October 3. Before we do, we want you to know more about each woman, how she is using digital tools to advance her work, and why you should join us on the tour. In this update, meet Olanike from Nigeria!

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Do you have a question for our women leaders? Submit it as a comment to this post—you never know, your question might make it into the official World Pulse LIVE Tour! We are taking your questions now until September 12.

Meet Olanike

Olanike Olugboji hails from the beautiful and resource-abundant country of Nigeria. Yet, she has witnessed the environmental exploitation of her beloved homeland and mobilizes grassroots women to take charge as they have been most impacted. She believes that the only way to ensure the environmental security of Nigeria is to make sure that women have skills in environmental management and protection and an equal voice in decision-making.

IN HER OWN WORDS:

Her Life Vision

"I believe that prejudice over land rights is a key factor contributing to gender disparity, with devastating results...for women, their households and communities. The degree of gender bias in land rights and its implication for food security and sovereignty in Nigeria and globally, therefore, calls for a balanced representation of women and men in decision making over land. Women’s productivity capacity must be enhanced!"

-From Olanike's post "Women, Land Rights and Food Security in Nigeria." Read more about her life and vision »

Her Work

"[As the founder of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE)] I have directly and indirectly reached, engaged and involved thousands of women in issues of natural resource management/environmental sustainability through...activities that address water, sanitation and hygiene, alternative livelihoods, domestic energy, and sustainable agriculture among others. Today, grassroots women in my community are taking charge of, enjoying and benefiting from this new found social power."

-From Olanike's post "A Voyage to Women's Empowerment on Board Green Stewardship." Read more about her work »

Her Digital Empowerment Journey

"It has become a priority for me to keep providing opportunities for as many [women] as possible, to join the digital talk and walk... Digital skills training and internet cafe services will form an integral part of the activities of the Eco Women Resource, Life skills and Learning Center which I plan to establish in my community."

-From Olanike's post "Digital Talk and Walk—Grassroots Women's Voices, A Priority." Read more about her digital empowerment journey »

Ask Olanike a Question!

Submit it as a comment to this post—you never know, your question might make it into the official World Pulse LIVE Tour!

Meet Olanike on the 2014 World Pulse LIVE Tour!

Comments

Thank you for raising the very important issue for "calls for a balanced representation of women and men in decision making over land. Women’s productivity capacity must be enhanced!" and continuing under tough life circumstances. The louder you speak the more people will come to support your cause. Nigeria truely needs to give women the basic rights. We are 100% behind you!

Hideko N.
http://www.swacin.com

Greengirl's picture

SHOUT IT LOUD AGAIN!

Yes, I quite agree with your views and passions.

Sanjay Dixit's picture

Current Issues in Nigeria

Hello Olanike,

Currently there are national issues of Nigerian people as follows -
a) Poor Education System
b) Unemployment
c) Safety of women is a matter of serious concern
d) Women are discriminated against when it comes to getting justice
e) Corruption
f) Domestic violence
g) Changing the attitude of men towards evolving a more civilized society
h) Hopelessness and Disillusionment in the youth of Nigeria
i) Industrial Development and increasing Capital Investment for national development
j) Inefficiency in the government
k) Violence between men
l) Clean environments and good infrastructure
m) Health of children
n) Diseases

What steps are being taken to handle these issues? How successful are you in
handling these issues?

Would like to know.

Best Regards,
Mr Sanjay R. Dixit,
Mumbai,
India.

sanjay r. dixit

Dear Olanike. Great Work you are doing. My question to you as a Nigerian young lady is what measures or approaches are you putting in place to cause a shift in the mindset of men and even women concerning Land Rights in Nigeria? I believe that one of the major issues of land rights especially in rural communities are culturally influenced.
What plans do you have for young ladies in the community you work as it regards "Women, Land Rights and Food Security in Nigeria" ?.

odion

SHAKALILI MARIE ROSE's picture

bonjour

bonjour et félicitation pour votre travail,
je voudrais savoir d'où vous trouvez le financement pour vos activités,
avez vous une idée sur le droits foncier de la RdCongo, je vous assure aue les femmes n'ont pas droits à l'héritage, les us et coutume pèse encore
bonne continuité
Marie Rose

SHAKALILI Marie Rose

Adanna's picture

Thank you

Thank you Olanike for this great initiative.The level of bias that some Nigerian women face on a daily basis is quite 'pitiable' and I totally agree with you that "The degree of gender bias in land rights and its implication for food security and sovereignty in Nigeria and globally, therefore, calls for a balanced representation of women and men in decision making over land. Women’s productivity capacity must be enhanced!"

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