The International Women’s Day which is celebrated every year on March 8 – represents a day for women all over the world to come together to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women. IWD is also a day for women to continue to push the discussions on equality and representation forward.
For International Women’s Day this year the theme set by the UN with the theme - “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” with the campaign represented by #Breakingthebias. The UN calls on everyone to concede efforts towards a world that is inclusive, equitable and free from all forms of bias as well as discrimination to level the playing field for women of all shapes, colour and sizes.
As the world celebrates women this year for #IWD2022, Afriex is excited to be a brand committed to helping to shape the narrative for women by breaking the bias presently and as we continue to evolve as a brand. Today, Afriex currently boasts of a team where women represented across roles and the brand’s leadership and we are constantly looking for ways to uplift, support and empower the women on our team as we work toward helping our users across the US, UK, Canada, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda move their money effortlessly.
To celebrate the women on our team, we have captured their thoughts on what it means to celebrate #IWD2022 below:
Grace Frank - Software Engineer
“I am a woman and I won’t let my gender be a limitation. I can be whoever or whatever I choose to be.”
Lisa Melz - Customer Support Associate
“I am grateful to be a woman. Being a woman means having a strong willed spirit, confident and fearless, ready to build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at us, looking at a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink and having passion for the things we have interests in with a brave mind and a strong heart.”
Emily Mochama - Manager, Financial Crime Risk
“Being a woman means having a strong sense of identity, being bold, ready to face challenges as they come besides getting solutions, and working with our male counterparts to make a better tomorrow.”
Gai - Customer Support Associate
“Being a woman is not just a matter of being subject to feminism. If a man can do it, why can’t I?”
Akunna Okorie - Customer Support Associate
“Owning your truth! I want every little girl who’s told she’s being bossy to be told that she has leadership skills. Every step is a first if it is in the right direction.”
Kadijat Okeowo - Product Marketing Manager
“Celebrating the #IWD2022 is different for me this year as I am constantly learning to identify and understand bias as it relates to women and I have grown to not underplay my abilities. I am happy to be #breakingthebias.”
Omolara - Customer Support Associate
“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back.”
Pounds - Customer Support Associate
“I am much more complex than chromosomes. I’m a force to be reckoned with. Being a woman means having the choice to be bold and speak up. As a woman, I contain multitudes, I am divine. Being a woman is about solving impossible problems, being a super heroine, being firm yet, empathetic, while maintaining beauty. You can’t put me in a little box, my existence is an act of resistance. It’s both a wonderful and dangerous thing to be. Being a woman is fully badass! I am a proud to be a woman.”
Folawe Lawal - Retention Associate
“A woman is powerful not because she isn’t scared but because she goes on strongly, despite the fear.”
Patience - Customer Support Associate
“Being a woman is a responsibility, I’ll never give up. It’s being strong, capable and valuable.”
Ogechi - Customer Support Associate
“Being a woman means being bold, confrontational to challenges, perseverant and smashing goals!”
Proud Cholsapian - Product Designer
“To all the badass women succeeding out there, thank you for showing me what’s possible when I bet on myself.”
Lourdes Miranda - Chief Compliance Officer
“Living out loud unapologetically.”
Historically, the idea to celebrate International Women’s Day started in 1910 in Copenhagen, Denmark where an International Socialist Women’s Conference took place. It was during the conference that Clara Zetkin, a German communist activist, brought up the idea that there be a designated day for women everywhere to “press for their demands”. Clara’s idea was met with unanimous approval from all the women present representing 17 countries, this has led to celebrating the IWD yearly.