Mohammed Mu’azu, a political analyst, has called for more commitment to educate and liberate women from the North, to enable them take up more leadership positions and be involved in decision making.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Saturday, Muazu, who declared his passion for women empowerment, said that for too long women had been held in shackles, thereby limiting their political participation.
From education, to political participation and leadership, women should not continue to be held down, he said, stressing that effective development was not possible without them.
“Investing in girls and women creates a ripple effect that yields multiple benefits, not only for individual women, but also for families, communities, and the nation’s economy.
“From the local to the global level, women’s leadership and political participation are restricted, especially in Arewa society.
“Women are underrepresented as voters, as well as in leading positions, whether in elected office, the civil service, the private sector or academia. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in democratic governance.
“It is already basic knowledge that the world can’t evolve and progress into next generations without women. So, why not let our women participate in the decision making of the society?” he queried.
He pointed out the huge reluctance in the North to educate the girl child, stressing that the region must realize that educating the girl was equivalent to educating a whole generation.
“Abuse of office and desire to acquire power through self-centred means has resulted in the state ignoring women’s concerns. Thus, women continue to be underrepresented in governments across the nations.
“We are so antagonistic about women taking leading roles when even Prophet Muhammad, in the Holy Book worked for his wife, Khadija.
“The northern history of battles is incomplete without the exploits of Queen Amina. Invalidating thoughts and ideas by women has been so normalized, that some men don’t take any suggestion from a woman serious because society says so,” he said.
Mu’azu described as laughable a situation whereby some men in the North disapprove of male doctors operating or treating their wives, but were antagonistic to allowing girls to advance their careers in medical, technological and entrepreneurial pursuits.
He added that while many men can attest to the resilience, wisdom and management skills of women as mothers, yet they resisted empowering them to make the society better.
Similarly, he noted that many African states had signed and committed themselves to promoting gender parity in political participation, but most often they reneged on the agreements they signed.
Mu’azu noted that even at home, many men lord over their wives and even beat them as though they were children that ought to be corrected with the rod, lamenting that many young men today were imbibing the mentality that women have no place in society.
“Nobody is telling you to put a woman above you. But there are unfair treatments against women in our society which is not often talked about and we need to start talking about it,” he said.