Kaduna Deputy Governor urges Women to join Politics
By Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna
Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe has urged relevant stakeholders on the need to enlighten women to participate more in politics.
She stated this during the celebration of the International Women’s Day organized by the National Council of Women Society NCWS in Kaduna.
According to her, some women take a lot of things for granted, forgetting there was a time in Nigeria when women were not allowed to vote or to be voted for.
“Sometimes and unfortunately though, for women to be able to participate along men in political and economic systems which are obviously biased, we must canvass for empowerment so that we can strengthen ourselves and push through the thick walls that men have put for us.
“There are a lot of women that have made so much sacrifice for us to be here today, hence, the need for sober reflections on how we can liberate the future generations of women.
“We should be our sisters’ keepers, have it in mind at all times that it should be one for all and all for one. Women need to realize that the men around us are our partners so we need to get them to support women whenever the need arises especially when contesting for political offices”, she stressed.
Hadiza said there are many women with capacity, competence and capabilities who need to be encouraged to go intolerant any profession that was perceived only as men domain.
The Acting Governor however noted that, people should not only celebrate successful women on international women’s day, but reflect on their challenges, struggles, and seek a better future for the younger generation.
She commended the empowerment program by National Council of Women’s Societies NCWS, saying, it is part of global action for women advocated to by the international community.
Hadiza urged the NCWS to do more in ensuring that all girls attend school to receive education so as to be empowered and encouraged to achieve their desired goals.
On her part, the President, NCWS, Barrister Zainab Hassan said part of marking the day was by empowering women that attended the skills acquisition workshop they organised.
Zainab said plans are underway to awaken and encourage women to realize their responsibilities to the community and the nation in general.
The President also mentioned that the NCWS would promote women participation in politics and governance, as well as empower them towards self reliance.