Nigerian women have called on the National and State Houses of Assemblly to come up with legislation that would foster compulsory women leadership in the country.
The women in a communiqué issued on Thursday at the end of the 3-day National Women’s Conference (NWC) organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO, lamented the poor representation of women in the political space.
”We should support and encourage aspiration and leadership. The National and state assemblies should pass gender equality legislation that will guarantee quick and effective justice delivery to perpetrators of crime and violence against women, enable compulsory women leadership and empowerment trainings, access to education and medical treatment for physical and mental challenged women and create enabling environment for women to participate in politics.”
‘There are still not enough women in the political space or at the helms of affairs, even though women are blessed with the power to transform and recreate anything they are a part of.
“There are several inhibiting factors militating against the female folks in the country which include: lack of support and equal opportunities; denial of education for the girl-child, gender-based violence and more, all of which must be overcome to make this a reality,” the communique reads.
The women further observed that national development is incomplete without women leadership, which they said “in its most minute form starts from the home.”
The women further lamented the consequences of work-life imbalance which they recognised are dire to the individuals and the society.
In his remarks, the host of the conference and Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, assured that his government would pay critical attention to the recommendations emanating from the conference.
“I am indeed glad with the quality of the discussions and the panelists, and the quality of the conversations that have been drawn at the end of this conference.
“As we draw the curtain, I want to reinstate the recommendations coming out of this conference, we would take them very seriously. We would look forward to implementation of all the recommendations,” he said.
The governor added his administration is committed to propelling interventions across all sectors for development that appeals to good life for all, assuring women course remains critical to his Government.
On COVID-19, the governor who feared a fourth wave in view of the festivities of December, said his administration has taken a proactive step to ensure no less than four million Lagosians are vaccinated before the end of December.
In his closing remarks, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki who was represented by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwole Iyamu, SAN, said Lagos remained a pace setter in courses of development in the country.
“Where – ever Lagos goes, eventually Nigeria goes. This State has exported so much to so many other places. There are people who have lived in Lagos and have taken the adventures back home in order to develop it. We want to ask you to continue,” he said.
In her remarks, the wife of Lagos State governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said in line with the theme of the Conference – “Awake” – which was designed to bring women in tune with modern realities and opportunities, efforts were strategically directed at women empowerment.
She further emphasized on the need for equal opportunities for women, stressing it was paramount to give them a right of place in leadership position.