By Stanley Onyekwere
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), has identified mentorship as a key that women needed to be relevant and more result oriented actors in the political cycle.
The Council said that there was the need to establish mentorship programme, following a research conducted in the FCT and local government areas of the country.
Making this point, NCWS President, Dr Gloria Shoda said mentorship scheme, if established will serve as platforms to build capacity of aspiring female political leaders in the society.
According to her, the idea became imperative because of the gender gaps in the political space, “figures are quite alarming and from a national and global perspective, Nigeria ranks very low on the gender gap index. There are deep gender gaps in our national and sub-national legislatures.”
Shoda, who spoke at a recent event to honour female lawmakers and ministers appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, said there were 29 female legislators in the 2015/2019 National Assembly which formed 6%.
She regretted that the current tenure for 2019/2023, only 18 female lawmakers either 3.8%. This, according to her, is a decline in numbers by 3.1%.
“With this decline it shows that women voices, perceptions and experiences from those states are missing during parliamentary debates. The state Houses of Assembly fare no better. Most of them have no female members or at best, only a handful” she said.
Also speaking, a member representing Isuikwuato/ Umunneochi Federal constituency, Hon. Nkeiru Onyejeocha said women should be treated as humans possessing same rights as the men.
The female lawmaker represented Ejike Oriji, appealed to government to create more spaces for women, saying if such is not done it may be reducing 50% of our human race.
He said: “If you have a family that a woman is an illiterate compare it to a family that has a graduate as a wife, you will see a great difference.”