A political analyst, Mohammed Muazu, has called for more commitment to educate and liberate women from the North, to take up more leadership positions and be involved in decision making.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Muazu, who said that he was passionate about women empowerment, said that for too long women had been held in shackles and limited from participations.
From education, to political participation and leadership, he stressed that the women cannot continue to be held down, stressing that there can be no effective development 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 the Arewa society.
“Women are under-represented 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 decision making of the society?” he queried.
He pointed out that there is a huge reluctance in the North to educate the girl-child, stressing that the region must realise that educating the girl is equivalent to educating a whole generation.
He described as laughable a situation where some men in the North disapprove of male doctors operating or treating their wives but antagonistic to allowing girls advance career-wise into the medical, technological and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Muazu said that many of them men can attest to the resilience, wisdom and management skills of women through mothers, stressing that such ideas could make society better.
He said that many African states have signed and committed themselves to promoting gender parity in political participation, but end up shelving the agreement.
“Abuse of office and desire to acquire power through self-centred means has resulted in the state ignoring women concerns. Thus, women continue to be underrepresented in governments across the nations.
“We are so antagonistic about women taking leading roles when even the Prophet 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, some men don’t take any suggestion from a woman serious because society says it isn’t,” he said.
He added that even in home, many men lord over their wives and even beat them as though they were children that ought to be corrected with the rod.
The analyst expressed grave worry that many young men were growing the ill 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 stated.