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IWD 2020: MMS WoFHoF Empowers Over 300 Women

IWD 2020: MMS WoFHoF Empowers Over 300 Women

MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Famers (WoFHoF) Initiative marked the United Nations (UN) International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration with a road walk in Festac, Lagos and a press conference at the MMS International Image Centre, ahead of this year’s MMS Hall of Famers’ Day where UN Generation Amazons will be celebrated.

… Set to celebrate UN Generation Amazons

MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (WoFHoF) Initiative has empowered over three hundred women via career and entrepreneurship mentoring as well as provision of small and micro credit grants.

The Founder, MMS WoFHoF Initiative, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke revealed this in Lagos today during a press briefing and road walk in commemoration of 2020 International Women’s Day celebration.

“Come April 2nd, 2020, we shall be having the MMS Hall of Famers’ Day commemoration of the 2020 IWD during which ten women of substance shall be recognized as UN Generation Amazons while beneficiaries of the 5W-250,000 scheme shall reel out their testimonials,” Anaroke said.

While the United Nation’s theme is; “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Right” MMS WoFHoF created its theme for the year “Equality begins with Me”.

The UN Generation Amazons to be celebrated at the event have been selected from Nigeria’s transportation, finance, oil and gas, among other sectors. They are; Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, Mrs. Sarat Braimah, Mrs. Stella Romaine, Mrs. Bridget Gold, Mrs. Rejoice Ndudinachi, Mrs. Princess Chi Ezeh, Mrs. Felicia Agubata, Mrs. Victoria Shin-aba.

Others are; Mrs. Victoria Tarfa, Mrs. Ebele Okoyo, Mrs. Obelle Joy, Mrs. Marie Ehemeiri Asein, Mrs. Christabel Eromosele, Mrs. Folake Soyinka, Mrs. Chizoba Anyika and Mrs. Mercy Ebere.

The event which is the 3rd MMS Hall of Famers’ Day would take place by 4pm at Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos and it would have the Chairperson, Nigerian Ship-Owners Forum, Barr. (Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi, as the Chief Host.

The Chairman of the event would be the Lagos Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Mrs. Phil Nneji. The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen will be the Special Guest of Honour, while the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi will be the Chief Guest.

Also speaking at the press conference ahead of the Hall of Famers Day celebration, the Program Manager, MMS WoFHoF Initiative, Mr. John Kwushue urged women to break barriers of gender inequality with preparedness in self actualization and empowerment in career, education and entrepreneurship.

According to him, the 2020 UN theme seeks to aggregate years of the struggle for equity but the local theme seeks to break barriers of gender inequality with preparedness in self actualization and empowerment in education, entrepreneurship and career choices.

“It is scandalous to note that the gap in gender inequality in economic spectrum with 257 years needed to be close this gap, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). This seems to enthrone hopelessness against the years of struggle to achieve this goal which has been on through several campaigns and initiatives. Gender bias exits in every aspect of our society, from the family to religion; work place to politics,” he lamented

“Women hold less than 20 percent of the elected positions worldwide, gender bias in the media is 9 out 10, and musicians are mostly men because men are easily accepted than women. At work, the average working women make less money than average working man in the same qualification,” he queried.

While Kwushue decried the challenges, the Founder, MMS WoFHoF, Mr. Anaroke expressed optimism noting that the Initiative has empowered over 300 women through career and entrepreneurship mentorship as well as providing small and micro credit grant to them to be self-actualized and fulfilled. We have initiated vision 5W-250,000 through which 250,000 women will be fortified economically in the next five years.

Anaroke stressed that the event would also feature the celebration of the Most Outstanding Maritime Industry Employee of the Year 2019, Mrs. Constance Omagbemi.

“Omagbemi was the Staff of the Year 2019 at the the Nigerian Maritime Administation and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and she is set to be celebrated by MMS WoFHoF for her exploits,” he added.

The upcoming MMS Hall of Famers’ Day is supported by Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Chevron and other reputable organizations.

MMS WoFHoF is a non -profit organization with the preoccupation of empowering, training, and producing the next generation of women leaders in the maritime, oil and gas, finance, aviation as well as political leadership sectors.

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