By Prisca Sam-Duru
For years now, there has been consistent clamour for the empowerment of women and the girl child so as to be able to make meaningful contributions to the growth of their nations as well as the entire world. This agitation has seen individuals, organisations both profit and non governmental including religious organisations, making concerted efforts to empower women and the girl child through formal education, workshops, skill acquisitions, etc, so as to be useful to the society.
“The Daughters Of Destiny (DOD) International, a nondenominational fellowship, took a bold leap in the above regard ultimate week, when it held a 2-day power-packed conference where women were educated on the very need to be empowered to make positive impact which is not limited to their immediate environment but globally.
“The conference themed “Empowering Women For Global Impact”, brought together, women from across the nation and few who came in from the United States of America, at the SEE Events Centre, former LASU Campus, Lekki Epe Expressway, Lagos.
“Speakers; Reverends Yinka Badejo and Gbemi Olaleye; Mrs Tara Fela-Durotoye of House of Tara, and the founder of DOD, Apostle Busola Jegede where drawn from within the country while Rev.
Obii Pax-Harry flew into the country with some members of her ministry from the UK.“While expressing optimism that women can build the kind of world everyone desires to live in, Apostle Jegede posited that “Women are transiting from applying themselves as change agents to a place where they will make tremendous impact on their world. Surely, we live in a world that is desperately in need of positive impact in all areas of human endeavours.
This is time when women need to rise beyond environmental, traditional, and physical barriers, and stretch out to maximise their full potential. Our power of influence puts us in a unique position to impact others…when your purpose is to be a world changer, you must have a very high personal standards. So, start by being empowered before aiming to empower all around the globe.” “Citing examples of women in the likes of Rosa Parks, the American who refused to give up her seat in 1955 because of her belief that oppression of Blacks must stop;
Noble Prize Winner, Malala Yousafai, a girl child education campaigner, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, a major role player in the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin public activist and renowned writer, Chimamanda Adichie for successfully attracting a new generation of readers to African Literature, Jegede maintained that women have capabilities to make global impact since within every woman is a seed of greatness waiting to be unleashed on her world.
“She enjoined women to be “Diligent, have solid foundation in your calling and faith, identify and develop your brands and let your brand stand you out. Inject motivation into your brand and it is a must that women embrace technology because that’s the dimension the world is going.” ““Women who are willing to make global impact must have a vision”, Tara Fela-Durotoye declared.
Vision she said is infectious, stressing that, “You must be committed to the business you are nursing, obey God’s call to serve in whatever area, do not go into business because it is the in-thing.” She insisted that it is futile for any woman to have a business no one knows about. “In her business world, Tara explained that she had a vision to make a global impact which she is successfully doing at the moment but was initially unsure of how to go about it.
She insisted that “There must be something about you that attracts you to people, be sure of where you are coming from and where you are going. Always guide your space jealously, trust in God to see you through while challenges of setting up a business, last.” She emphasised that every woman’s vision must be greater than her, and is nursed and developed through education, by reading about other entrepreneurs as well as by submitting themselves to mentorship and positive relationships.
““It is only women who will let the entire world know that women are not biological mistakes and so can make positive impact globally” Rev. Yinka Badejo intoned.