Empowering women for an impactful participation/representation in Nigeria
“Women are the highest untapped reservoir of talent in the world”
What’s interesting is that I hear a lot of people saying, when talking about girls empowerment and women as well, they say ‘you’re helping women find their voices’. I fundamentally disagree with that. Women don’t need to find their voices. They need to feel empowered to use it, and people need to be encouraged to listen”.
In a country like Nigeria, with a female population of close to 50%, ignoring the influence of that population will mean using half of the nations resources to power and run the entire country. We don’t need rocket science to tell us any nation that fails to empower its full population will be impaired and will never reach its full potential
The subject of Girl Child Advocacy is not new to all of us, but then regardless of the progress made in advocating the project of the Girl child, more sociocultural norms keep emerging to limit her potentials. At first i thought only uneducated people fail to advance her course but I realised later on that many educated men strongly believe she should not function outside the perimeter of the home.
There are different core areas in advocating for the girl child, and this is the center of my discuss. They include:
1. Protection of Girl Child against sexual and Gender based violence
2. Advocacy for Girl Child in Politics
3. Advocacy for Girl child in Agro Business
4. Advocacy for Girl Child in ICT
5. Advocacy for Girl Child in Career pursuits
6. Advocacy for Girl Child Education
7. Advocacy for Reproductive and Maternal of the Girl Child.
And so much more.
Permit me to use the Phrase “Girl Child” it translates to the female gender generally.
Almost every woman who has dared to break the ceiling on most of these issues met a brick wall, set up by our sociocultural norms or some quarters religion. I have recently been following up the situation of Girl Child Education with Talibans, they have banned all girls from going to school. Malala who happened to be strong voice for girl child education in the middle East has recently been making efforts to help those girls. I pray she succeeds.
Isn’t it clear that if we educate the girls in northern Nigeria, figures of maternal and child mortality would drop?
Isn’t it clear that if we educate the girls in northern Nigeria, we would raise more informed children?
Do you believe, if more girls are educated in Nigeria, the issue of gender base and sexual violence would reduce?
Would the inclusion of more women in politics and corporate organization be a game changer in our politics and corporate organization? With reference to Rwanda’s women composition in their Parliament
Over the years, society has defined women as the weaker version of men, as subordinates. We are born into the school of thought that we can not be something, or do certain things because of our gender.
Being a woman authomatically indicates vulnerability in so many corners of the world and there are distinctions, exclusions and restrictions made on the basis of sex and gender. Affecting the purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment, freedom, and exercises by women.
If you see something you don’t like, speak out, change it.
If you have no reason to create change, do it because you will have daughters someday and they will live in the world you have created for them. And if that reason is not enough, do it because you are human. And we owe each other the responsibility of having each others back, Through and through.
We are the people. We are the change. It is our first responsibility as humans to question whatever isn’t right. And as women to stand by each other.
Cheers to all the women out there. May we know them, may be raise them, may we be them.
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