“When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”
Above is a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for International Women’s Day 2015.
Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
This year’s theme, “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
Here, we celebrate the IWD with these six inspirational African women.
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900.10.25 – 1978.04.13, Nigeria) – Teacher, political campaigner, and women’s rights activist; The first woman in Nigeria to drive a car; Being regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”