A group, Women in Successful Career, has urged young women to participate in governance and contribute to national development, saying it is the only way to promote inclusive governance in Nigeria.
It gave the encouragement at the second quarter of its Meet-A-WISCAR series in Lagos, which had a panel of women from various professional fields.
The keynote speaker and Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, stated that the development of any country required the collective participation of men and women. Abiola-Costello, who is also the President of Women in Africa, said, “It has been recognised globally that gender equality in political participation is a fundamental aspect of modern democratic governance and everyone should have the opportunity to participate fully in all stages of political processes.”
According to her, the role of women cannot be over emphasised in any successful society. “Women should make impact and rise to occupy leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Some women have made remarkable impact in their roles, which has earned them prominence at the local and international level.
“There is no doubt that women participation in politics and decision making will benefit the society as a whole,” she said. Abiola-Costello, however, advised women to be more active in political activities, saying, “When you refuse to stand up and be counted, you are only giving yourself to the background.”
The panellists were social activist and Advocate, Bring Back Our Girls, Habiba Balogun; the Executive Director, Enough is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun; the Founder, Rise Networks, Toyosi Ogunsiji; the Chief Facilitator, Women in PoliticNG, Abosede George-Ogan, among others.
They applauded the founder and management of WISCAR for creating such an enabling platform to groom younger professionals. They also called on the government and corporate organisations to increase the level of awareness and encourage more women to participate in governance at all levels.
In her remarks, the Founder of WISCAR, Amina Oyagbola, expressed gratitude to the keynote speaker and the panellists for sharing their insights on capacity building, which she said would go a long way to promote inclusive governance and more women in leadership position.
“We can’t continue to talk and expect things to change; we need to get involved, lead and make the change we want to see in our country,” she added.