The United Nations Women agency has recognised the Aba women’s riot of 1929 as a remarkable women-led movement in the world.
This recognition is given to this struggle as part of 2018 celebration of the International Women Day (IWD) whose theme is : “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
Aba Women revolt is a revolt by ladies in the eastern Nigeria city of Aba against exploitative duty administration of the frontier masters. This battle frames an imperative piece of the patriot development in Nigeria.
The body said about the event: “Incensed by their social standing under colonial rule, the Igbo women send palm leaves, similar to today’s Facebook invite, to their fellow sisters across Southeastern Nigeria.”
“Together they descend in the thousands to ‘sit on’ or make ‘war on’ undemocratically appointed chiefs by publicly shaming them through singing, dancing, banging on their walls and even tearing down roofs.
“Although the backlash against protests turns deadly, it eventually forces the chiefs to resign and market tax impositions on women to be dropped,” the UN Women said.
We’re standing on the shoulders of heroes, like Igbo women who have fought fearlessly in the name of women’s rights. #TimeIsNow to take action for gender equality to continue their legacy! https://t.co/0wJbWm2zpc #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/gtJbVKZ83o
— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 7, 2018
International Women Day is an annual event which holds on March 8. It is used to celebrate women across the globe, especially those that played role in the society.
Happy International #WomensDay! #TimeIsNow to support each other, believe in each other & encourage each other to speak up for rights & gender equality! https://t.co/Non0GlY9S5 #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/kJJ0zBF1Oy
— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 8, 2018
This event has taken the form of global marches and campaigns. And now served as an avenue to discuss issues ranging from women rights and participation in governance.
The first International Women’s Day in 1911.