The much talked about event ‘The Convergence 2018 has been held today in Abuja.
The convergence 2018, is a 2 day event that gives women a unique platform and opportunities to support themselves particularly in breaking new grounds in a male dominated terrain such as in politics, policy and decision making positions said Belema Hart, one of the Conveners.
Just like the theme of event ‘How women can win elections in a male dominated society’ it had in attendance top women leaders, female political aspirants, female dignitaries from various fields of endeavours who desire a better Nigeria.
According to the Host, Hajia Aisha Mohammed, Nigeria is currently having the lowest numbers of women in elective and leadership positions while Rwanda is taking the lead with the highest figures.
“With this issue, there is need for enlightenment for womenfolk for them to systematically gather the necessary momentum to take their rightful positions in the scheme of things come 2019 elections” she said.
“With a platform such as this, it is crystal clear the Nigeria women are no longer willing to take a back seat as far as the issue of policy and decision making is concerned in Nigeria”, said Aisha.
Most of the women on the panelist, really did express their high hopes and optimism that Nigerian women would do better than menfolk if given a better chance in the corridor of power.
“It is high time women in Nigeria and Africa rose up to support each other to save the our dear continent”.
“Women need to stop bringing themselves down rather help lift each others through positive compliments, because if we keep bringing ourselves down how do we come together to achieve these common and positive goals?” said Shantel, a political aspirant and one of the panelists.
Adora Onyekere, another panelist and a female broadcaster, who spoke eloquently about how social change within the family would go a long way in shaping the psyche of an average Nigerian woman.
“The first political circle is the family. “Family is the political atmosphere” she stated.
“Parents need to help their female children grow up believing they can do what their male counterparts can do, as this would gradually address the issue low representation of women in politics, decision-making as well as other elective positions in Nigeria, said Adaora.
There is much work to be done at the bottom/grassroot in building the confidence of the women thereby creating sustainable structure for womenfolk to thrive within political space, she added.
The event has been scheduled to end with a Gala Night on 28th July at the Nicon Luxury Abuja.