Thursday, March 8, 2012
International Women’s Day, Nigerian-Style
True or false about Nigeria:
1. Among Nigeria’s approximately 155,000,000 citizens, the annual maternal mortality ratio is 840,000? There are 39,000 child marriages each year?
2. 30,000 females’ genitals are mutilated annually?
3. 35% of male adolescents (aged 15-19) think that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances?
4. 40% of female adolescents (aged 15-19) think that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances
According to UNICEF, all these statements highlight a sad reality. That gives us reason to stand with International Women’s Day. At the Faith Alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria, we work toward empowering women through healthy bodies, educated minds, skills-training for employment and spiritual strength from Jesus Christ.
Click here to read an article by a Nigerian woman about the need for this special day. I like the article's statement that one woman can change anything,and many women can change everything.
(Photo is me in 2009 with surgeon Dr. Mercy Isichei, Dr. Chris's wife,who is one of my role models. Can you tell which one is me?)