Unlike before in the 60′ women are now participating in the leadership and development of their countries all over the world.
On October 2019, the worldwide participation of women at the national level was about 24% compared to 8% in the year 2013 which is quite alarming. Although, in Nigeria, there are so many people clamouring for Nigerian women to have up to 50% representation in both the national and state government.
The reason et al Nigeria need more women in politics and governance is that they have the expertise and zeal in achieving a stronger and vibrant democracy in Nigeria. Just as Mr Ban Ki-moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nation, said When we allow women to accelerate the wheel of leadership, we encourage both communities and nations of the world.
Historicaly a good number of women in Nigeria outside the country have made a significant impacts on governance and nation-building of our country Nigeria. As someone once said that when women come together, they can make extraordinary and wonderful things to happen because they are able to understand and analyze critical issues and then articulate them from a point of laconic comprehension.
For example, Mrs. Fumilayo Ramson-Kuti who was an activist and a political campaigner many years back was at the forefront in advocating for a better Nigeria.
For instance, when a proposed tax was levied on women in Egba land, she organized a women’s union group after a long struggle with the past colonialist and traditional rulers at that time.
In addition, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is another popular and prominent woman in the world. She once served as Nigeria’s Finance Minister and a one time Foreign Affairs Minister. Recently, she is about to become the first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is really a leader and a role model to most women in Nigeria and Africa.
Below are Factors that have hinder women’s participation in the Leadership of Nigeria
- Godfathers: Leardership in Nigeria is all about godfatherism as they play a very big role in deciding affairs of the nation. For that women who are not able to build connection with them find it hard to cling to power. To remedy that situation, women are advised to build their own connection – to support each other and assist themselves in climbing the ladder, most especially for those who are already in the sit of power.
- Raising funds: Buying of forms and Election campaigns are very expensive as most women in Nigeria have given up on politics due to this.
Religious factor/Traditional factors: This is another major problem as a lot of people feel that women should be seen and not heard as their male counterpart, because they are under the authority of a man and should be submissive to them. Both cultural and religious barriers still exists in men and women roles, and it prohibits women from fully contributing to governance and deciding on matters that affect their society.
The rise of women as leaders in their society shouldn’t subjugate their cultural and religious identities in any way. Also, men and Women need to come together and understand that it is only through joint effort and cooperation, that the society can thrive and be prosperous..
- Finally, our society need to recognize women as leaders in their own domain. They should be given a playing ground as their male counterpart. Only by doing that will we all thrive and be successful in whatever we do as a nation. Women from the time of colonialism have made a lot of impact to this country. It is time we recognize their zeal and passion to steer the course of this nation.
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