Among the various resources required for growth, development and proper management of an enterprise, organization or a country is the human factor. To some management scholars, human resource is indispensable in running the affairs of a particular setting, even though many are of the opinion that they can be problematic to manage.
Whichever way it takes, the role of human in nation building cannot be underplayed in the developmental strive, which is why efforts have always been geared towards proper integration and involvement of people in every developmental goals.
In the world today, the female gender population has continued to be on the irreversible rise; this can be easily verified from births that can be seen within our various environs. According to a United Nations Population Fund report, the global population as at 2011 had reached 7 billion and today, in 2017, it stands at about 7.5 billion.
Out of this whopping number, the women stand tall; they have unarguably become a very necessary element of the present world we live in. In mostly African setting, women are synonymous to home making and building. This has earned them worthy reputations, encomium as well as respects from individuals, especially the feminists.
With this mentality of what women stand for, it is not out of place to say, women, by their leaning and stance are important in building a very verile and well developed country of our choice.
Nigeria, the most populous African country has overtime come under severe attacks and criticism overtime over the inhuman treatments meted out to the female folks as well as their placement in other sectors of strata of the economy.
Though, it is global issue, but, as Nigerians, it is important to face this squarely, with a view to correcting the anomaly for the sake of our dear country’s developmental strive amidst all odds.
The Lagos State government for instance in the year 2016 announced that over four thousand cases of domestic violence against women were recorded for the year in the state alone. This ranges from assault and battery, rape or sexual harassment, emotional torture, among others.
Asides this, slavery, child trafficking, genital mutilation, prostitution and child labour among others are parts of the challenges faced by the women in the country while low representation of the women folks is visibly obvious in the country’s government make-up at the different tiers and arms, agencies, and other notable government parastatals among other places. A check at the various positions of authorities in the country confirm these assertions.
As much as it is out of place to say some of these women pay little or no attention to how to enhance their own chances in all of the places mentioned above, the issue of inequality must be taken seriously by the Nigerian government and all relevant stakeholders, so that proper placement of these women could be made easy across all spheres of Nigerian community.
No doubt, notable efforts have been made in the past to correct the shortfall of women in active participation of issues that concern the country, but, more still need to be done to see to the realization of these agitations so that the women folks will not be left behind be the government.
The popular maxim, “When you train a girl child, you train a nation” is a clear indication of the importance of education and what proper upbringing of a girl child or women can do for this country, especially at a time Nigeria is in dire need of concerted efforts in surmounting the various challenges bedeviling the nation.
Based on the foregoing, it is important, as the Nigerian government struggles towards attaining meaningful developmental position, the issues and inequalities of girls and women in the area of education, opportunities, engagement and inclusion in state and national positions need to be taken seriously. Doing this will boost the morale of the women and girls while it will aid our national image before the international community as well as correct the bad impression that the women may nurture about the country’s leadership to their personality.
Also, proper orientation of the Nigerian people, in all nooks and crannies of the country needs to be taken as part of the remedial way of cushioning the adverse effects of the notion that women or a girl child is a second fiddle to their male counterpart. By this, government information organizations and parastatals as well as all relevant stakeholders are needed to be deployed towards correcting this view.
Borrowing from the words a former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, the seed of success in every nation on earth are best planted in women and children.
Therefore, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day this year, we at HOPE FOUNDATION recognize the importance of women and by extension female folks in the society and thus urge our government to do the needful towards their betterment in the country because women’s rights are human right.
God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!
MOSHOOD, MUHAMMED S.
Coordinator, Hope Foundation