Hajiya Zainab Mohammed Calls on Nigeria Women to Wake Up and Get Involved In Politics
Hajiya Zainab Mohammed- National Coordinator.
The National Coordinator of Nigeria Young Women Political Forum(NYWPF) Hajiya Zainab Mohammed made the call yesterday, in an interview chat with National Enquirer, after induction and inauguration ceremony of the forum held at Nigeria Women Centre, Abuja. She called on every Nigeria young women to take the bull by the horn to change the narrative on how issues affecting their lives are being run.
” I am calling Nigeria women irrespective of backgrounds and area of interest to come together and let’s foster the growth and progress for the future. Wake up and get involved on issues affecting your lives. Get involved in politics only then you can change the narrative, not only because of you, but for the coming generations.” She said.
The high table officials at the ceremony.
With the emergence of Nigeria Young Women Political Forum ( NYWPF) Things have started changing dramatically for women in Nigeria, where sexism still exerts a pull on lives and choices.
Some participants at the event.
NYWPF is a platform spearheaded by Hajiya Zainab Mohammed, a central forum for women and girls to interact on political critical issues affecting their future, to re-address on how to effect and accelerate the needed transformations for women in leadership and aspiring (women) politicians.
Listening to the inaugural lectures.
NYWPF is a women advocacy forum not affiliated to any political party identity, which made it open for any, to become a member irrespective of diverse backgrounds and interest, to deliberate on issues bordered on policy, social justice, and nation building to foster in, economic empowerment and political career agenda advancement for members.
Presently, NYWPF in line with global call to action, is creating a platform for entrenchment of 35% affirmative to women in Nigeria, is trying to re-address the participatory role of Nigeria women in decision making and governance in general.
“We are here to create awareness and educate the young girls and women on way forward in politics. We already has lines of activities mapped out to achieving our objectives, as you can see by the inductions done today, we have created the office for Director of programmes, an office for Director of Civic education to look into action plans to mitigate into schools and creates courses within the school syllabus that will teach our young women what entails to become and be a leader. An educational program catching them young- starting from primary to secondary towards tertiary institutions, as sort of on capacity buildings training and what society expect of a good leader”
She added, “NYWPF website was launched today. We are creating a media chat and are putting in place a capacity building programs for women aspiring for political positions on upcoming elections. We are already having advocacy consultations with parliament.”
Asked her advice for aspirants who has to contest with politicians with bigger financial muscles? She says, My advice to them is to stop trying to break through with the main party, which is always who is who and money bags, they can belong to lesser popular party, with our support they will win. We are ready to join hands to provide the needed financial muscle for them,” she stated.
” We need to unlock the potential for girls and women in Nigeria to let them understand and know they can participate fully in politics and be part of what involves them.”
When one talk about smashing glass ceiling, is a fact one cannot do it alone singlehandedly, and when you talk about glass ceilings, there is a need to put women in a catapult and threw them at it and with NYWPF advocacy roles, one has to expect Nigeria women’s issues sees not as a ” soft issues” anymore. The forum is changing the political narratives and landscapes, through provision of
sustainable processes for young women in Nigeria. Building ladder for aspiring women to cross the bridge swiftly.
But is now left for Nigeria young women to make use of cracks this Forum is creating in the glass ceiling by joint efforts with Zainab Mohammed, they are getting close, left for them to use the provided weapons to uproot the ceiling off the walls to fly ever.
Reporting- Pamela Ogwata, Abuja.