The theme for International Women's Day (IWD)2017 is#BeBoldForChange. In her role as UN Empower Women Global Champion for Change 2016/2017, Oluwafunbi Alatise, President/Founder of HOPEL-Goodness Foundation demonstrated boldness and hosted a One-Day interactive workshop to commemorate IWD 2017 on March 8.

The workshop aimed at building the capacity of women to be well organized, intellectually developed, goal oriented and determined in promoting the global economic sustainability.Participants included women entrepreneurs, representatives from civil societies, religion organizations, public and private firms, artisans, schools and the force.

The event tagged 'Financial and Digital Literacy Skills as Tools for Women Economic Empowerment', was moderated by Badejoko Fabamise, UN Empower Women Mentor 2016/2017. Oluwafunbi in her welcome address, highlighted the importance of the UN-Empower Women agenda to foster the SDG 5 (gender equality) in the global economic sustainability through women’s full economic right, opportunities and leadership.

The guest speaker, Mr. Abayomi Orungbamade, a Business Development Manager of the Central Bank of Nigeria Southwest Entrepreneurship Development project in Nigeria, commended women for taking bolder steps in Nigeria and urged them to rediscover their intricate values and uniqueness by tapping into financial and digital literacy skills. He also emphasized the need for mentoring for women and applauded the UN Empower Women model that promotes mentoring for its champions.

A STEM Ambassador, DamilolaAsaleye of #Ashdamsolar Nigeria spoke on climate change and its effect on women’s economic empowerment #WEE. She highlighted the devastating effect of climate change on women's economic ventures and highlighted the importance of clean energy to women's health.

The event was drawn to a close with a call to action for participants to sign up, join and follow the UN-Empower Women community on social media.The workshop also provided a unique opportunity for the UN-Empower Women Global Champions for Change from Southwest Nigeria (AdeduntanAdekemi, Ajidekemisola, Lilian Ifemeludike and Oluwafunbi Alatise) to connect, network and contribute to constructive discourse to promote the mission and ideals of Empower Women.

Oluwafunbi Alatise did not relent at IWD 2017 event in her role as a champion for change. She further continued her advocacy for women’s economic empowerment at the grassroots community via a one-day sensitization program in Kila Community marketin Ogun State, Nigeria to build the capacity of grassroots market women to acquire basic financial and business skills to help scale up their small businesses and make informed financial decisions.

Participants at both events are being followed up through social media, phone calls and personal visitations to track their progressive implementation of the new knowledge acquired.

The projects attracted notable supports from Alpha Photos Limited, Ashdam Solar Company, Sumal Foods, AF Labels, Unique Multimedia, CBN- Entrepreneurship Development Centre  Southwest Nigeria, Peace Corp of Nigeria and a Social blog - Ibadan Kiniso,  all indigenous organisations in Nigeria



Photographer & Videographer Credit: ALPHA PHOTOS LIMITED, NIGERIA
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