Olusegun Obasanjo on Why Women Should Fight For Their Economic and Political Relevance Instead of Being Pushed to the Other Room

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has charged millions of Nigerian women to fight for their economic and political relevance instead of being pushed to ‘the other room.’

Chief Obasanjo made the call while speaking on the topic, ‘My understanding of women aspiration in business and politics’ at an event on Friday in Ibadan.

In a report by DailyPost, the ex president who spoke at the event organised in support of women’s participation in government, political processes and the work place, said it was a huge shame that no woman was among the 50 people that drew the Nigerian constitution.

Mr Obasanjo who encouraged women to join politics by ensuring that nine women were chosen to serve in his cabinet when he was the president, pointed out that Nigeria was ranked far below South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and Mauritania among countries that encouraged women in politics.

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“No longer should our women allow themselves to be consigned only to the ‘other room’ and the kitchen. In 2017, according to the United Nations, gender inequality cost Africa $95bn.

“That is tremendous waste. We cannot continue heaping up waste and expect that we will not maintain our poor record of being the world’s poverty headquarters. The starting point is girl child education. Child marriage must be made unlawful.”

He added that women should make definite efforts to fight for their place in politics and economy, as women and children are usually the direct and indirect victims of poor leadership. He said men would not relinquish their position willingly.

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The Public Affairs Officer at the United States Consulate, Lagos, Ms. Darcy Zotter, had earlier called on Nigerian women to trigger the agent of 21st century positive change in them by increasing their political awareness and challenging men for political space.

“You don’t have to be a superwoman, you have a vote and you can be the 21st century change maker,” she added.

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