International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The theme this year is #BalanceForBetter, which seeks to create a more gender-balanced world. Balance is more than just a women’s issue—it’s a business issue. “Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive”.
Understanding that the future world would be based on technology and science has been a concept, the rate at which women are underrepresented in these fields as raised a lot of controversies. Women now strive to create a platform where innovation and technology will create unprecedented opportunities for women and girls so they could play a better role in world development.
To mark this day, an interview was conducted with the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape, as she spoken on the topic. She states that “Professionalism at its core shouldn’t discriminate gender has it is necessary to see everyone by their talent. If a woman has what it takes to get the job done then she shouldn’t be discriminated or brought down by her gender, as it is easy to get a good result when the job is given to someone capable enough to deliver the required result.
The fact that all jobs available are now unisex isn’t something new, women have refined themselves to be able to take up even the most strenuous jobs, so if the job is unisex, so should the benefit! It is important for women to speak out when in such situations as it not only affects self-confidence but the performance of such individual.