As the year winds down there is no doubt that 2020 has been a most remarkable year, intriguing to say the most for us in Nigeria. The events that will shape the next following years we probably won’t even see coming but what’s important is that we are prepared and deliberate in the conversations and pushing forward the considerations that will decide the future especially for Nigerian women and our girls and the Constitutional review is one of them.
Last week, The African Young Female Advisers Initiative in partnership with Cedar Seed Foundation organized a consultative programme to look into the challenges facing women living with disabilities and produce a template to shape the narratives and path a way for women willing to step into leadership roles.
It was a National Consultation centered on the discourse; Young Women in Governance and Young Women with Disabilities as enshrined in the 1999 constitution and the proposed women fair representation in elective and appointive positions bill 2020.
At the event contributors took time digest, analyses while also proffering solutions to why women are marginalized, given less opportunites, gender wage gap, exclusion from decision making, silently barred on certain official roles.
A speaker from kaduna via zoom suggested more advocacy for women must be deliberate, keenly investing in the girl child, and women should be given more or equal opportunity in political appointments.
The secretary of AYFAI, Ms Adaora Onyechere in her contributions centered and urged women to invest more in strengthening collectivism, less demystification around the female gender, consistent fellowship, improve and educate more women on financial literacy while advocating for inclusivity at all levels of governance.
It was a remarkable event where inclusive approach was a priority and deliberations were bold to impact a mental shift from the norm to a society where equality becomes a reality and institutionalized towards developmental trends.