SheCan inspires, empowers women at maiden conference
The conference, which had hundreds of young women in attendance, exposed participants to the possibility of a world where women are in charge of technology, entertainment and other successful businesses and are thriving successfully in the fields.
In her opening address, Convener and Founder, SheCan Nigeria, Ezinne Ezeani, said the movement is to inform every woman, who as a result of cultural and religious values limits her possibilities in life, that she can do more to pursue her dreams and aspirations, take charge of her life and expose herself to new realities. Ezeani reiterated that women could be the best in technological developments such as graphic designing, coding and entertainment.
One of the speakers at the event, Chief Operating Officer of Interswitch Group and the recipient of the SheCan Code Woman of the Year 2018 award, Oremeyi Akah, highlighted that SheCan Nigeria is not just an NGO but a platform that meets real needs.
Stating that 49.07 percent of people in Nigeria are females, she revealed that SheCan is here to ensure that support and sponsorship get to all females in Nigeria.
She urged women to break the limits of societal stereotypes, to be relevant and continuously fight to add value. She concluded by pointing that women could only limit themselves by themselves.
Program Manager, Reboot’s West Africa, Chioma Aguegbo encouraged participants to grow in knowledge so as to fit into available opportunities. She urged young women to create strong online presence and make the best use of it to learn and create solutions to societal problems. “No one would ever give you an opportunity just for being a woman, you have to fight for it,” she said.
Nollywood actor and CEO of ROK TV, Mary Njoku, shared her success story and persuaded young girls to not just aspire to get married and build families but also “pay more attention to mastering your craft and content more than your physical appearance. Women are the major influencers of changes.”
The conference assisted young ladies with mentorship and placements and promised to ensure that every girl is equipped with information and financial support to be relevant in whatever field they liked.
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