LAGOS – Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, an NGO, on Wednesday called for intervention programmes to enhance women’s participation in politics and leadership positions.
Okei-Odumakin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that more women in leadership positions would eradicate poverty and drive national development.
She said that since independence, gender issues in Nigeria had remained a cause for concern as the ratio of women to men in elective and appointive positions in the country was still very low.
According to her, there are few women in the workforce, which shows that there is gender inequality in Nigeria’s workforce and in all the spaces of engagement. [eap_ad_1] She said: “Nigeria does not have enough women in leadership positions.
“Imagine a country where women are the majority, yet there are very few of them in positions of authorities.
“In spite of women’s numerical strength, they have not been given their rightful place in both elective and appointive positions in Nigeria.
“For example, in the South-West, out of 80 senators, we have only one woman, which is only five per cent.
“While out of over 70 members in the House of Representatives, women are less than 10 per cent, this is about 14 per cent in all.
“Out of 36 deputy governors in Nigeria there are only three women and no woman at all out of the 36 as governor in Nigeria.
“So, it is obvious that we do not have enough women in leadership positions.”
Okei-Odumakin said that Nigeria has yet to achieve the 30 per cent Beijing agreement on appointment of women to political offices.
She urged gender focused groups and civil society organisations to organise programmes that would educate and sensitise women to participate more in the country’s politics. (NAN)