International Women's Day 2018 - Zainab Boladale
It's International Women's Day - join us as we celebrate some incredible women from a migrant background who are making a real improvement to Irish society.
Zainab Boladale is a reporter and presenter for RTÉ’s daily children’s news programme, news2day. She was born in Nigeria and raised in Ireland. She’s always loved talking to people about their stories, which is one of the reasons she chose journalism. It pushed her to move to Dublin to study in DCU when she was 17.
"International Women’s Day is a day for women to understand that we are our own strengths. We are magical in what we can achieve and how far we go for what we believe in. There is so much beauty in what we bring to this world and I’m not just talking about appearances. Individually every woman has an inner beauty that we sometimes don’t know how reach or forget to look for. As women we are much more than the labels that we are referred to by the people around us. I love everything about being a woman and on a day like International Women’s Day, I love learning about other people’s definition of ‘woman’ and how they’ve shaped their ‘womanliness’ to fit them.
"While we can celebrate being women, the day is also there to remind us that not every woman has the luxury of rejoicing about their gender. Sexism is still very prevalent in societies around the world and we need to talk about the efforts we can make to change this and how together we could take steps to improve many of the issues that affect young girls who are mistreated or told that their thoughts, choices and dreams aren’t worthy simply because of their gender.
"It’s a day where we should remember to never stop believing that we deserve everything we work for because we’re the example for the young girls!
"Growing up it was important to me to know about women who had overcome the difficulties of sexism, women who defied their times and became strength in itself. I think I find women who dare to be fully themselves, bold and decisive - to be the most inspiring to me. I’m 21 and these are things I’m working on being, I want to command the same respect these women had in times where women weren’t often thought of as equal.
"I really looked up to Amelia Earhart and Harriet Tubman, these are the first two women that come to mind when I think of confident historical women that should be studied by young girls. More recently however one woman I have absolute respect for and wish to meet one day is Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. To me she embodies the type of confidence and complete self- awareness that I aspire to reach. I am in love with her ability to live in her truth of what being a woman means to her, even when thousands feel the need to convince her that she is wrong!
"By highlighting past and present role models on International Women's Day - we empower ourselves and the next generation of women."