The lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 in the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon (Mrs) Moji Alli-Macaulay, has ascribed the low involvement of women in politics in Africa to poor socio-economic strength of the womenfolk and the nature of african culture, saying that with time the narrative would change.
Alli-Macaulay made this known while speaking with journalists on the celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ in her office at the assembly complex in Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday.
The lawmaker stated that Africa was still in denial in giving leadership roles to women unlike in developed countries, saying that the continent was yet to understand that women could perform better than men in leadership.
She added that african political decisions were undermining the participation of women in politics, adding that society trajectories discouraged the women in involving in politics.
” Alot of men in politics know what they do to women in politics, so therefore they will not want to allow their wives who want to join and contribute to politics. Only to tell them to be in the other room and take care of the children.
” This is same set of men that drive the party and make decisions at party level and will not make decisions that will encourage women to get involved in politics. It is a war and I know we will win.
” The narrative has changed. In the recent time, women used to be their own antagonists. I personally had a very terrible experience in my constituency. I had women especially one particular woman who was antagonising me. I was contesting for the House of Assembly and the woman was contesting for federal representative and she was hell bent on me not winning for whatever reason I don’t know”, said Alli-Macaulay.
Narrating her experience, she added that her husband was first to encourage her to go into politics and advised her not to be distracted by whatever name calling by her opponents.
Alli-Macaulay, who is the Chairperson, House Committee On Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), said that women would excel in leadership and business than the men due to their multi-task ability.
She stated that the International Women’s Day (IWD) was to celebrate women for their hardwork and perseverance, saying that alot of women around the world were doing much to keep the world going.
” This day, the 8th of March is the internationally recognized date for the celebration of the women. Although any other day can be dedicated for it. So, the celebration can start from the 1st of march to the end of the month.
” Women all over the world have peculiar problems they go through ranging from marriage, to child bearing, career problem to stigmatisation. Women have been used as element of entertainment and have at the receiving end of gender based violence.
” The women are the most vulnerable in this planet and today we stand with our head tall and our shoulders high, with our red lipstick on and hair brushed to give ourselves a pat on the back for being brave, confident and marching on”, said Alli-Macaulay.
She commended the Federal and Lagos state governments for appointing more women into their cabinets, saying that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had shown that he was gender sensitive by appointing more women than men in his cabinet.
Alli-Macaulay stressed that there is need for more women in education sector as those in the sector were minimal, adding that women are incubators of success.
” Alot of women have education. For example, I have two degrees and I went further to get another degree as a student of law. So, it will not be fair to say women are not getting educated, it is just that we don’t have enough”, said Alli-Macaulay.
She said that education took premium in the state government 2021 budget, saying that the amount budgeted would capture young girls, out of school children and women as there were many adult education centres across the state.