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A Cry for more Women in Politics....

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In few months time from now, we shall be having elections into various political postions in my Country, Nigeria. But the most alarming thing is that while we've got 51% of Men folks, and 49% of Women ONLY 7% of our women are in electoral positions, while male dominate with 93%. Is it not time for a CHANGE?.Sure, there is political imbalance and we hope to see our dream of more women in power come true in 2011.

Now, it's time for us to create awareness and make every woman well informed of the need for political balance. For we clamour for a nation with good consideration for women.....in politics.

2011, we can't wait....

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Aida Dervishi's picture

Dear Tosin, 7% is a low

Dear Tosin,
7% is a low percentage. The same in Albania, in the elections of 2005 only 7% of the MP's were women, this changed in the last elections, in 2009 ,when this percentage shifted from 7% to 15%. But still numbers don't say much about women empowerment but it's a good step forward. Hope it changes in Nigeria too.

Please visit this site http://www.votewomeninpolitics.com/

Warm Regards,
Aida.

olowotee's picture

Thank You

True, 7% is a low percentage and we want it raised beyond that come 2011. We really need more women to impact our Nation. We need this change....

Thank you for the web link, it's pretty useful and informative....thank you, Aida.

Best Regards
Tosin

Eliana's picture

Dear olowotee, thank you for

Dear olowotee,
thank you for your post to remind us all about the imbalance in political areas and issues. You are right: it's time for a change! And the change is starting now, with everyone of us. Thank you for raising awareness for the topic and to empower women and explain to them that they are important and that they can make it!
Peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

olowotee's picture

Thank you, too

Thank you for taking out time to read this. We need remind ourselves of the need for a CHANGE.
Warm Regards, Eliana.

Tosin

larawilliams's picture

Dear Olowotee, this is

Dear Olowotee,
this is important - women participation has to increase in 2011 for both voter registration numbers and actual women in elected positions. Join Leaue of women voters nigeria page on facebook and suggest to all your friends to join the network

Lara

olowotee's picture

We need Increase in 2011

Yes, sister we really need more Women in politics this time around....and I hope it comes true.

Thank you for the invite, I'm on FB presently and sure, i'll look out for the Page.

Warm Regards

Tosin

Adelma A.Linatoc's picture

Dear Olowotee,7% NOT YET RIPE

you don't need to be in a hurry now,your efforts to increase by numbers will be useless if women doesn't truly understand what they're fighting for.More patience and perseverance is needed while having individual/group interaction with your co-women in the community.It is the Quality that count most not the Quantity.
More power.

KAREEN UDOH's picture

you belongs to me

Hi Adelma!
I like your reasoning,pls be mind, I need more of you to brainstorm for positive and rational actions to end our problems..
Pls visit my journal,(missiongirl) KAREEN UDOH,NIGERIA.
For more understanding of what I stand for.
Is not how many women in politics,but the intellectual,political and diplomatical capability........................Let give a thought and mould our background properly.

Dear Kareen,
Yes, of course I know that we have the same thoughts on how to successfully involved or have more women be in place to position in politics. Little by little for sure we will reach such wish and that needs more of our patience while doing our conscientisizing more women.Once their cause is clear to them they stand and fight for it so that in the end you'll not be left standing alone.
Have a nice day and SMILE always while approaching other women whom you thought will be your target.

olowotee's picture

Vital Points, Adelma

You made valid points, Adelma, Thank you

You're right, when you noted that our efforts to increase the number of women in politics will be useless IF due awareness is not created to make women understand our stance..for political balance. I believe that is why we've got platforms such as WorldPulse to help create such awareness.

We aren't wishing for any kind of woman to occupy political positions, but we want women with good passion and leadership skills who have the mind of the citizens to rule us. we are sure that amidst the 49% of women that are NIgerian citizens.....a good number of such are Women of Virtues and sound mind.

Really, I'm an advocate of worthy women occupying due positions....:)

Good thinking....

Vasantha's picture

Everywhere the same

Dear Olowotee,
Glad to read your bit on the representation by women. India is not in anyway better. We are struggling to make 33% reservation for women in parliamentary and state legislative assembly as legal mandate, but some of the opposite parties are blocking it now for over 10 years on flimsy reason.
What we are trying to do practically is that we help women contest as independant candidates. They did not succeed in being elected, but atleast the number of women contested increased. Incidentally, one women was the highest vote earner among the independent candidates.
Let us keep trying. It would happen sometime. Wish you all success and a peaceful election in 2011.
Warmly,
Vasantha

"Let us keep trying. It would happen sometime".

Such an inspiring words, Vasantha...thank you for sharing your mind with us and for wishing us a PEACEFUL election in 2011. Thank You.

Best wishes....
Tosin

Rose Candy's picture

YOU ARE QUITE RIGHT

Dear Olowotee,
It will please you to note that the first lady, Mrs. Patience Goodluck is advocating seriously for women involvement and participation in government. I am glad that there are young people like you who are awake to the happenings in our dear country, Nigeria.You have an advantage of age and brain. The women we are talkiing about here are none other than the likes of you. IT COULD BE YOU. I will vote you in, anyday. Just declare your interest and see what happens. You are one of the leaders of tomorrow.
With a voice like yours, things, you will set the ball rolling.
We are all in this together
Keep up the good work and stay blessed.
Rose Candy @ GrandmaRose Foundation

Mothering, Molding and Nurturing children

olowotee's picture

Thank You, Rose

Thank you for your kind words, Rose. I appreciate it. Thank you

We hope that Mrs. Patience Goodluck advocacy sails through and bring us goodluck. Although, we are not expecting a monumental/sporadic change, but with a step at a time, we shall get there...

2011...It's time we experience change

Warm regards..
Tosin

Insha Allah's picture

My country

Dear Olowotee,

Your post really alert me as my country, Myanmar, also has the election in this year which is the first time over two decades. We can found the role of women in the election but it is very limited seats. Honestly, I haven't recorded the accurate data. I'll try to know it very soon.
And one of the issues which is actually raised for women is Gender Mainstreaming.
Let's discuss and share each other about it.

Best regards,
Shwe Wutt Hmon
Myanmar

Shwe Wutt Hmon

olowotee's picture

Thank You, Shwe

Yes, Gender Mainstreaming should be taken into good consideration by Governments. Sure, it would do us all much good than harm.

Thank you for sharing your views.

Best wishes, always.
Tosin

Dear Olowotee,

Congratulations on your coming country election in 2011!
It is a party of democracy implementation, which is supposed to promote also women's rights and gender equality!
However, sadly the percentage of women in politic is not automatically represent the voice of supporting women's rights and gender equality.

In Indonesia the number is about 12% - it is increased from previous elections. However, based on news and observations, these women are having limitations and inner/outer pressures to perform their aspirations and creativity, including fighting for women's issues. The men politicians have more power as the leader on every commission and set up areas for them and gave the rest to women. While within limited number to fight, the women are somehow not merged altogether into one voice either to fight for women. (Re: from APEC 2010, Tokyo, September 2010: we heard that succeeded women had promotion for the higher position and condition due to the support of men, not women).

I think gender and politic is very important to be advocated and promoted before and after election. The women's empowerment and gender equality is the Millennium Ddevelopment Goals no. 3 which become mandatory to all member states within the United Nations. Indonesia has started doing the awareness before elections on 2004 then for 2009 with specific module of gender and poltics. It is a continuing process; not only for women in politics but also for men; as gender and politics is supposed to be.

I found in my group Public Policy Forum (PPF) where only 5 women from 31 members consist of politician, academics, NGO, government officials, privates etc - at the beginning the understanding anout gender was almost to zero. However, slowly but sure, through intensive communications using ICT (blackbery, group chatting, sms etc); more people pay attention, understood and supporting gender. The understanding about human rights may give advantages to the political environment and public communication.

Advocacy and awareness is not easy; especially about gender and politics; it needs a careful approach and perform within systematic programmes for the nation future.
I wish you all the very best!

ES

olowotee's picture

Thank You, ES

Dear Ema,
Thank you for sharing your insightful views...Really, it's a good thing to be on WorldPulse....meeting with intellectuals and like-minded women like you are is an advantage and a good priviledge.

Slowly but sure, we will get women well represented in vital political positions in our Nations...

Thank you, Ema.

Best wishes too!

Tosin

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Olowotee! What is really nice about this is that you already have 7%. That's really good enough to start with. Although Aida (the first commenter) is right, numbers don't say much because quantity can never substitute quality. But if the 7% have made it ... the message is clear! 70% percent can make it, too! You know what I mean? Are you familiar with the lines of an old school song "GIVE ME SOME MEN WHO ARE STOUT-HEARTED ME, WHO WILL FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT THEY ADORE .... START ME WITH TEN AND I'LL COME BACK WITH TEN THOUSAND MORE...! Trust the power of example, sister!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Hi Tosin
It was real unequal of the rights and hope to be increased to balanced soon. More or less common here in Myanmar as well. I hope this this 7 % takes the primary roles in top power management. We will be marching togeteher for the equal rights.

Best Wishes

NI NI AYE

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Dear Tosin,

You have a great point, and I am glad you are speaking out about it! Just a quick note, it is best to post these things in your personal journal, rather than in the application group as we are trying to keep this for important program announcements and questions. Thank you for your understanding! :)

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

olowotee's picture

Oops!

Oops! I'm really sorry to hear that I'm posting in the wrong place....pls, how do I get this to my personal journal?
#GuessI'mlostagain-Lol#

Thanks, Rachael.

Tosin

Dear Tosin,

No worries! Next time, when you want to post something, first log into your personal profile. Then, click on the tab "Journal". Then, click on the orange button to the right that says "Post to your Journal". Does that help?

Kind regards,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

olowotee's picture

It helps

Yes, it does help....thank you so much.
I'm really so sorry for whatever inconveniences that this might have caused you, pls.

Thanks.

Tosin

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

No inconvenience at all,

No inconvenience at all, please don't worry! Plus, you started a great conversation!

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

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