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drmyattThe American University of Nigeria’s Women Leadership Council, WLC, on Friday, March 11, hosted a talk entitled “Breaking Out” to mark the International Women’s Day.

As part of the celebrations, members of the WLC had on Tuesday, March 8, donated relief materials to HIV-infected pregnant women at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Yola.

The theme of the event, which was named after the poem, “Breaking Out” by Marge Piercy, centered on the need for women to liberate themselves.

Speaking at the event, AUN faculty member, Dr. Tamara Myatt, who inspired the audience with her engaging oratory, discussed, among other things, the gender deficit in the world today, concluding that “women have achieved equality in no nation.”

She observed that the world is not reaching its full potential because “we have women who are afraid to be ambitious.”

Dr. Myatt also talked about the importance of educating women and encouraging them to be entrepreneurs, successful, and leaders.

“Women are our wisest investment; they bring back lucrative returns to families, communities and nations.”

She also emphasized the need for women to think big as well as change their self-perception.

“We must move beyond microfinance and micro aspirations. We must change the way we see ourselves because when we do, the world will follow.”

Mrs. Emilienne Akpan, another AUN faculty, also spoke at the event. She used a poem to implore women to break free of limitations and shun being defined by society’s standards.

“We have accepted these roles unconsciously because we don’t think we can break out. The limits society has placed on you are actually weaker than your potentials.”

On her part, the President of the WLC, Blessing Douglas, encouraged the women not to hesitate to talk to someone about their issues and charged them to work on themselves so as to be the change they want.

“I hope we are able to work on ourselves individually, daily, in everything we do and the decisions we make to be better people, better women, better parents that will birth the next generation of the amazing society that we so seek.”

The International Women’s Day, IWD, is celebrated worldwide annually on March 8, and this year’s celebrations focused on gender equality.

By Zamiyat Abubakar

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