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Women Empowerment

Dear Michelle Bachelet,

The greatest tool in fighting gender inequality and upholding the rights and needs of women in our local communities is women empowerment.

By virtue of my work and career, i interact with women in our communities daily. Our women are poor, they lack financial strenght. their dependency on men in most cases is as a result of lack and want. Lack of food, lack of clothing and shelter.

I met a woman in a community called Igede in Ekiti State. This widow had a child. the child had six children but unfortunately, the lady and her husband died of an unknown disease leaving this poor widow to cater for six children all by herself. All that mattered to her was how to take this children to school and how to feed them.
When women are empowered financially or gainfully employed i notice that they are more respected in the society even by their male counterparts. women compete favourably in the " men's world" of AFRICA.
Women who are holding elective posts at our communities are the educated ones. most of them teachers, successful traders or business women or wives of traditional leaders.

In my opinion, the greatest tool in actualising UN's gender equality and upholding the rights of women is education, capacity building and financial empowerment for women.

Funke Arogundade
NigeriaAdo-Ekiti, Nigeria

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As the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women officially begins its work this month, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What is YOUR vision and recommendation for UN Women? We invite you to raise your voice by writing a letter to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet outlining your recommendation for how this new UN agency can truly affect change on the ground to promote gender equality and uphold the rights and needs of women both on a local and global scale.
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women's empowerment

Dear Funke,

Thank you for participating in this campaign, by using your voice and speaking out for women in Nigeria and worldwide, and calling education, capacity building and financial empowerment as a priority for the new UN Women agency.

In two weeks, we will compile your letters and share your voices with the GEAR Campaign, who have been working closely with UN Women to ensure the inclusion of civil society groups, and through the PulseWire community, grassroots women leaders, as they set their agenda. We will also be sending your letters directly to Michele Bachelet and other senior leaders of the newly formed UN agency, to demonstrate the effectiveness for sourcing opinion, knowledge and needs from the global grassroots women's movement through our online community. Through this, we hope to open a portal for our community to have a direct line of influence within the UN Women agency.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our campaign!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade

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