National and international stakeholders on women’s rights and development have continued to advocate for the equal participation of women in leadership positions as a fundamental way to advance human capacity and development.
They made this known in Abuja at the National event of the 65th Session of the Commission on the status of women with the theme: Institutionalising women’s equal and increased participation in Leadership, Governance and Decision making – case studies and reflections from Nigeria and Africa.
Annually, women gather at the head quarters of the United Nation, in New York, USA to evaluate progress, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women.
However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the event was nationalised to allow individual countries hold their sessions locally.
Nigeria’s session attracted political, traditional, religious, diplomatic and development partners who emphasised on the importance of ensuring the rights of women to equal participation in public life and decision-making processes.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon represented the UN Women Country representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Comfort Lamptey said reports indicated that Nigerian women Face resistance in their political participation and legislative reforms were needed to make permanent impact.
The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffery Onyema represented by Ambassador Samson Ifekoji said Nigeria had contributed to international documents and protocols that promotes gender equality, however, more needs to be done to attain its local implementation.
For the Head of Civil Services of the Federation, Dr Yemi Esan, it was fundamental to groom young girls early enough to aspire to become relevant and strive for leadership positions.
“I believe that it is also women that have the biggest role in grooming women for leadership positions. It is important has mothers to ensure that the female child has the same kind of opportunities that male child has”, she said
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pulane Tallen, called on women in positions to support and mentor the girl child in their various local government as a way of sustaining the achievement made in women participation in public life.
The event also featured the launch of The Generational Equality Video, “No Woman, No Naija” which serve as an anthem to encourage women’s participation in politics in 2023.