WRAPA Trends Number 1 on Twitter in Nigeria during the #GEOBill Twitter Conference in Commemoration of the IWD 2019
The International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for Women’s Rights.The themes for each year vary, and highlight on prevalent issues around Gender Disparity and advocate for the realization of Women’s Rights. The theme for this year’s campaign IWD 2019 was “Better the balance, better the word”, socially promoted as #Balanceforbetter, a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
Against the backdrop of the #Balanceforbetter theme aimed at driving gender balance, and in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019, the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), conducted a twitter conference on the Gender & Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB), using the hashtag #GEOBill, on the 14th of March, 2019. The Gender & Equal opportunities Bill, based on its provisions and what it seeks to achieve, is regarded as a necessary mechanism for achieving Gender Parity in Nigeria, hence the rationale for the focus during the IWD 2019 commemoration.
The #GEOBill twitter conference was aimed at sensitizing the public on issues/factors that threaten women’s rights and initiatives to achieve gender parity, as well as its benefits to the entire populace. Specifically, it was targeted at creating awareness on the gender and equal opportunities Bill (GEOB) and standing in solidarity with the global public discourse, leveraging on its expertise and reach to scale up knowledge to unify action against all forms of GBV, particularly as it relates to women’s choice of careers and women’s participation in decision making spaces.
WRAPA leveraged on the reach of its twitter social media platforms, its network with key influencers online and its expertise through resource persons to implement a successful online conference. WRAPA Senior Programme Coordinator, Anisa Ari, a resource person on the panel for the conference, led the conference on the myth, facts, context and rationale of the GEO Bill, while Ann Iyonu, another resource person on the panel of the conference, led the conversation on the GEO Bill as it relates to the socio-political condition of women in Nigeria.
It was a very successful advocacy and sensitization based intervention by the organization as there was increased awareness of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB) by the participants, and an increased number of women, now aware of their rights to choice of career & profession which will further increase women’s interest and participation in Politics. The twitter conference generated a lot of conversations and engagements, above all, the #GEOBill topic trended as the most discussed topic in Nigeria on twitter on the 14th of March, 2019.