Mrs. Maryam Babangida


Mrs. Maryam Babangida advocated for women at every opportunity at regional, national and international arenas. She launched the project, Better Life Program for the (African) Rural Woman in 1987. The purpose was to achieve gender equity with special focus on rural women.

The program was conceived to have direct impact on the lives of rural women who were described as the most sidelined, poorest and therefore the most vulnerable in African nations.

The objectives of the program were to reduce maternal and child mortality rate by increasing basic healthcare facilities for women, provide income generating opportunities in agriculture and cottage industries, to integrate rural women into national development plans and develop educational training for women.

Mrs. Maryam Babangida’s foresight, relentless drive, uncommon determination and her well known commitment to excellence are responsible for the immense progress and success of the Better Life Program for the African Rural Woman.

She went further to establish the National Commission for Women in Nigeria, the Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development in Abuja, Nigeria.

Maryam Babangida lived a good life and left indelible footprints on the sands of time. She was a trailblazer who left a legacy of inestimable value.