Sunlight Nigeria’s take on women empowerment is expressed through programs and initiative directed at improving the lives of women. These initiatives serve as tools to enable these women to be independent and have a ground in the area of economic decision making.
This year, Sunlight through various programs succeeded in helping women develop life skills, own a trade and also showcase their crafts to the world through an already established platform.
Here is a complete timeline of Sunlight programs, initiatives and events around women empowerment for this year;
International Women’s Day Celebration 2019:
With the theme #BalanceforBetter as the official tag for this year’s International Women’s Day, a day set aside for the awareness of women’s right across the globe. Sunlight surprised women at major bus parks in Nigeria by refunding their fares and handing out goody bags.
Sunlight SHERO – Mother’s Day Celebration:
Sunlight dedicated this year’s Mother’s Day to celebrate the strength and resilience of single mothers. Nigerians nominated single mothers, three of whom won much-needed home makeovers because, after a hard day’s job, every mother deserves to come home to some convenience.
The Shakti Program; Empowering over 3000 Women:
The Unilever Shakti initiative is creating an inclusive society by providing business training and funding; thus improving livelihoods, to women in rural areas. The initiative has 3,000 Shakti women with earnings growth of up to 400% and who have contributed 1.8 million Euros to Unilever business turnover since inception.
Sunlight Fashion Focus Fund 2019:
Sunlight in collaboration with Style House Files, the conveners of the Lagos Fashion Week, through the Fashion Focus Fund, this year is empowering women through fashion. In April, Two Nigerian fashion designers who are Alumnae of the Fashion Focus Fund; Chechi Arinze and Titi Belo, benefitted from Sunlight’s initiative to support young female entrepreneurs. They both received the sum of two million Naira (NGN 2, 000, 000) each to support their businesses. They were chosen for their passion to make an impact and to empower others – both of which align with Sunlight’s mission.
The Fashion Focus Talks
Sunlight is an official co-sponsor of Lagos Fashion Week’s 2019 edition of the Fashion Focus Talks. This year’s Fashion Focus Talks in Lagos, Sunlight sponsored Mai Atafo, a renowned Fashion Designer and Creative Director of Mai Atafo to speak on the Topic ‘Beyond Creativity’ the official theme of this year’s talks. Mai Atafo was invited to educate young talents in the industry on how to excel beyond creativity. The event at the Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi.
The Sunlight Collection:
Sunlight partnered with two womenswear brands VATHISWA and ZURIZOLA, run by Morenikeji Akinsola and Chibuzor Emordi to create The Sunlight Collection.
The Sunlight Collection is inspired by the Sunlight Woman; a fun-loving optimist who always sees the cup as half full! In creating the collection, Sunlight also partnered with five (5), Female entrepreneurs; Olabunmi Aboderin-Talabi founding publisher Clever Clogs Books, Bolaji Ayinde-Sekoni creative director Nouva Couture, Ifeoma Okoye Founder PaintedNails NG and Ex-beauty Queen, Bella Rose Okojie Morning Show Host at City 105.1FM and Tech entrepreneur, and Nelly Agbogu Founder Naija Brand Chick and Nellies Nigeria. These women shared how they are empowering women in their different careers and also, how their goals are closely aligned with Sunlight empowerment programs.