Women in my country, including leaders like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, are working together to bring about positive change in various sectors. As a former Finance Minister and the first female Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Okonjo-Iweala has been a trailblazer in advocating for gender equality and economic empowerment.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a prominent economist, diplomat, and public servant. She served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister. Later, she also held the position of Managing Director at the World Bank, becoming the first woman and African to do so.

Okonjo-Iweala played a key role in negotiating Nigeria’s debt relief with the Paris Club of creditors. She’s credited for freeing up resources for social programs and infrastructure. In 2021, she made history as the first woman and African to be appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Throughout her career, Okonjo-Iweala has been a vocal advocate for global economic development, poverty reduction, and gender equality. Her leadership and contributions to public service have earned widespread respect and recognition.

Obiageli Ezekwesili is an economist, educator, and activist known for her significant contributions to governance and public policy. She served as the Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division and as Nigeria’s Minister of Education from 2006 to 2007.

Ezekwesili co-founded the #BringBackOurGirls movement, advocating for the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. She spearheaded education reforms and promoting transparent and accountable governance.

Ezekwesili’s leadership and advocacy have earned her recognition around the world. Her contributions have cemented her as a leading voice for social change and good governance in Nigeria.

One way women are collaborating to drive change is through grassroots initiatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These organizations focus on empowering women at the grassroots level by providing them with education, skills training, and resources to improve their livelihoods. They also advocate for policies and programs that address gender disparities and promote women's rights in areas such as education, healthcare, and economic participation.

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