The National President of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Nigeria(YWCA) Sister Gbolahan Temilade has reiterated the need for more women to be in leadership positions in the country, as the 2023 elections are fast approaching.
She stated this at the Young Women Christian Association National Council meeting in Abuja.
The President added that the theme of the program “Women and Girl Child in Leadership Roles” is critical at a point when Nigeria is preparing to change its leadership positions in 2023.
“This is the right time for women to be in leadership positions in Nigeria, we need to attain that position of trust among ourselves to be in leadership positions. Presently, we have only 21 females in the House of Senate in Nigeria and 15 females in the House of Representatives. As the election is approaching we need to take an active part both in the electoral and leadership positions.
“I implore each and every one of us to inculcate good leadership character, norms, and attitudes. We need to mentor upcoming young girls and women on how to take up leadership positions in the world. We appreciate women who have made remarkable feats in time past, and we expect more from everyone as the elections are approaching next year”, she noted.
Speaking at the event Professor Mabel Evwierhoma, the Director Centre for Gender Security Studies & Youth Advancement, University of Abuja urged all women to work together as partners in progress and not see each other as enemies.
She added that “male supremacist ideology encourages women to believe they are valueless and obtain value only by relating to or bonding with men. We are taught that our relationships with one another diminish rather than enrich our experience.
“We are taught that women are “natural” enemies, that solidarity will never exist between us because we cannot, should not, and do not, bond with one another. We have learned these lessons well. We must unlearn them. We must learn to live and work in solidarity.”
Professor Mabel disclosed that women should take up mentoring roles so as to guide young girls in making meaningful decisions in life.
“The involvement of women in the development of the girl child has created a pathway for development in both rural and urban dwellings. The involvement and active participation of women in politics, civil society, academics, sports, security and information communication technologies, and mass media engagement create awareness and foster collective orientation and participation towards nation building”, she said.
The Director General of NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri – Azi urged all women to unite together for the emancipation of the country. She also advised women to seek opportunities that will bring about development in their careers and business.
” It is good as women to be prepared for opportunities and not be found wanting when there is a slot for openings. As a woman try and have self-confidence in yourself and this will go a long way in changing narratives positively.” It is important as a woman to always read books and be abreast of recent openings in the country and at the global level”, she added.