International Women’s Day is a kickass celebration of women breaking glass ceilings all over the world and the untiring pursuit of equal rights for all. The commemoration also serves as a reminder that, while we have made incredible progress, we’ve still got a long way to go on issues like the gender pay gap, access to reproductive healthcare, reproductive justice, gender-specific abuse, harassment and disenfranchisement amongst others.
This year, the official theme of the day is #BalanceforBetter and from empowerment seminars to street strikes, after hour rock to professional master classes women are demanding balance globally. Speaking on this year’s event, the IWD organisation says, “Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage”
In honour of the day’s theme, the NATIVE collaborated with HER, a Zikoko-produced original that spotlights stories of women in conventional and unconventional career fields, for a #BalanceForBetter short series. The purpose of this 4-part personality profile is to highlight how these women have addressed specific concerns within sub-ecosystems, in relation to the focus-issues for IWD 2019. Some of the featured personalities include tech girl Deaduramilade Tawak, new-culture broadcaster Kemi Smallz Owatemi, BBC sports journalist Debola Adebanjo, and neo-soul songbird, Lady Donli. All four women talk first moves, career-scaling, and context for authentic solutions to common problems in their fields.
You can see Kemi Smallz in the first video on The NATIVE’s Instagram Stories
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