Today is International Womens Day (IWD). With this year’s IWD theme being “Balance for Better” it is key for us to remember that balance is not only a women issue, it is a business issue. A world that is more gender balanced is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Enjoy these 5 quotes by inspirational African women who through their work have set the bar high for women and demonstrated that women are capable and key contributors to the world we live in.
1. “What I will say is that what I have learned for myself is that I don’t have to be anybody else; and that myself is good enough; and that when I am being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary things. You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.”
Lupita Nyong’o the Oscar-winning actress has a long history of political and humanitarian activism, which has included her speaking out against Harvey Weinstein’s predatory actions towards her, Hollywood’s lack of diversity, anti-poaching campaigns, and issuing feminist speeches. She is an unstoppable force for good in the world, and her actions increase our admiration for her.
2. “Never ever accept ‘Because You Are A Woman’ as a reason for doing or not doing anything”.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a critically acclaimed Nigerian author who has used her growing influence to speak up about why we should all be feminists and that it is important for Africans to take control of the African narrative that is often misrepresented by prevailing western portrayals that focus on conflict and poverty.
3.“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the former and first female Liberian president received a Nobel Peace Prize. During her presidency, she passed record-setting legislation to increase transparency in the Liberian government.
4. “I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.”
Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. As a member of Parliament and former assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, her political passions included environmental and gender issues.
5. “Men have singled out women of outstanding merit and put them on a pedestal to avoid recognising the capabilities of all women”
Huda Sha’arawi was an Egytpian activist and the Founder of first Egyptian women philanthropic society for women.
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