Lawmaker calls for more women in politics
A lawmaker, Hon. Nkeiru Onyejeocha, has added her voice to the call for equal rights amongst men and women, stressing that women should be treated as humans possessing same rights as men.
Onyejeocha, who made the call at a congratulatory banquet to celebrate Nigerian female ministers and legislators organized by the National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, advocated for more space for women in politics.
Represented by the chairman/technical director, AAFP, Dr. Ejike Orji, who received an award on behalf of the lawmaker, she said “as a woman rights activist, I will not say that women are better managers than men or women better than men; anybody can be judged by his or her merit but everybody should also be given equal chances.
“Government should create more spaces for women. If we do not, we may be reducing 50 percent of our human race.
“If you have a family that a woman is an illiterate compare it to a family that has a graduate as a wife, you will see a great difference.
“My opinion is that women be given the right space to operate. We must not decree to avoid discriminating against somebody. The standard should be made equal for everybody. Don’t say this standard or position is for men while the other is for women. Create space for women to compete.
“You cannot invite women to an occasion to be spectators, to make noise. Invite them on their own levels. The way you invite men, please invite women but mind you, whoever is given chance to appoint people should bear in mind that choice has consequences; at the end you are the one to bear it,” she posited.
In her address, national president of NCWS, Dr Gloria Laraba Shoda noted that the council will establish a mentorship programme as a platform to build capacity for aspiring female leaders across the country.
“Having conducted a thorough research in the 774 local government areas and the FCT, the National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, came to the conclusion that we must urgently established mentorship programmes to build the capacity of aspiring female political leaders across the country.
“We felt that in light of the gender disaggregated data at our disposal, initiative to address the gender gaps in the political space has become imperative," she said.