It was indeed a day to remember as the MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (WoFHoF) Initiative yesterday celebrated her United Nations Generation Amazons to mark the United Nations 75th anniversary with a search for the “Third Paradise.”
The event which attracted women from all works of life took time to appraise and evaluate the Initiative’s journey on gender parity advocacy and strategy as well as to see how much lives had been touched and could be touched through her programmes.
Speaking in his welcome address, the founder of MMS WoFHoF Initiative, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke noted that the Initiative had always been gender and humanity-minded through the support of her great Hall of Famers and Amazons as well as corporate bodies and institutions.
Anaroke observed that this explained why they set aside a day – MMS Hall of Famers’Day for the revered mothers and vision helpers adding that the day was meant to assemble them under one platform to appraise and evaluate their journey on gender parity advocacy and strategy as well as see how much lives had been touched and could be touched through their programmes.
He said,” We can see that the Hall of Famers has been “Third Paradise” conscious before the UN at 75 quests for a sustainable future. There is special recognition for nine select agents of sustainability called United Nations (UN) Generation Amazons, women with impeccable value trajectory who have risen and are climbing their different professional ladders.
“They have demonstrated evidently that humanity and the environment should be the preoccupation of everyone. As they work towards taking their positions as MMS Hall of Famers where values, integrity and mentorship are personified in future, we present them to the world today as the faces of UN search for sustainable paradise.”
The MMS WoFHoF Initiative founder posited that research studies had again proven that women invest around 90 per cent of their income into their families and communities thereby reducing poverty and improving health, safety and education for everyone.
“While this calls for more concerted efforts towards educating the girl child for the “Third Paradise”, the jostle for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by two women finalists is a plus to the global campaign for women empowerment. They are: Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Ms Yoo Myung-Hee of South Korea. Another leap is the election of Senator Kamara Harris as the first female Vice President-elect of the United States. Congratulations women!” he added.
While urging more women to go into politics to drive the desired changes, he once again re-echoed his call on the federal government to introduce a gender character principle as policy to reflect sensitivity of the UN SDGs on gender equality with 40 percent employment opportunity reservation for women in public and private sectors.
On her part, the Chief Host for the event and Chairperson, MMS WoFHoF Initiative Board of Trustees, Barr. Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi pointed out that the future is women saying that as mothers of the nation, women have to stand up, seize the moment and make a difference.
She maintained that women have to guide, advice and protect adding that a lot was hanging on their shoulders especially in this country even as she stated that “it is our responsibility to make sure that this country stays united.”
“It is our responsibility to make sure that no one, man or woman or a child goes to bed without food. It is our responsibility as women to preach peace, equality and love in this country. It is our responsibility to know what unites us. We are not united by religion, we are not united by the tribes we come from, we are not united by gender. We are united by love, one country, one love, one people. Please let’s promote that; let’s preach that gospel to our leaders”, she further admonished.
Also speaking, the Chairperson of the event and Chairperso, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Lagos State chapter, Mrs. Phil Nneji recalled that women are God’s lovely creation endowed with a distinctive character noting that the journey of women in life is quite interesting, intellectual, political, to mention but a few.
She further described women as fearless, stand out and always stand on what they believe in despite all odds even as she maintained that “our intelligence and our wisdom and knowledge make us strong, unifying voice for the world and once we amplify our voices, you see something good happens.”
She continued, “Women are unstoppable, we can never be stopped and that is why we have our Amazons for today. Each and every one is to work towards our own self-improvement and on a larger scale, try to share the responsibility for the general humanity.
“But looking at the word humanity, the sole meaning of life is service to humanity and service to humanity is another way of working for God and so many people seem not to realize that. It is always very interesting and good to touch lives and that is what WoFHoF is doing today. They are going to celebrate our Amazons and it is not going to stop here. I am sure that they are still going to extend it somehow further and in touching the lives of the Amazons today, the same Amazons will also move above board and touch another life.”
Highlights of the event was the presentation of certificates of recognition to the nine UN Generation Amazons, presentation of Testimonials of a “Third Paradise”, goodwill messages, group photographs and many other side attractions.
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