PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : October 17th, 2022
Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. However, Push News 24 International reports that current data shows that women are underrepresented at all levels of decision-making worldwide, and that achieving gender parity in political life is far off, the need to address some of this barriers was the central theme as the Conference of Lagos State Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Supervisors (WAPA) inaugurated their Executives.
A major high-point of the inauguration was when the Supervisor for WAPA in Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon Rukayat Ajibike was sworned-in as the State PRO for the group , a position many described as putting a round peg in a round hole. The ovation and excited which trailed after the announcement of her name was seen by many as well deserved considering her numerous progress initiatives towards women development and emancipation in Lagos State.
With Ikorodu West LCDA now positioned in the scheme of things State, Com Ajibike is poised to make a difference amongst her peers in Lagos State.
Speaking to Push News 24 International an elated Jibike as she is fondly called said she dedicates her service to the women and charge them to live up their values.
“Today, gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many women. Ongoing struggles include ensuring equal economic opportunities, educational equity, and an end to gender-based violence , Jibike said
On the relevance of her new position she said “Mentoring and training programs prepare women for socio-political work and enhance their socio-political skills. Local Positions like this. Local-level positions equip women with the skills necessary for higher levels of public office and careers in regional and national politics”
“Today, gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many women. Ongoing struggles include ensuring equal economic opportunities, educational equity, and an end to gender-based violence” Ajibike stressed.
On utilising her office as WAPA to better the women the vibrant woman leader said “Women need to actively participate in government and politics in order to maintain democracy. Global statistics clearly show that women are under-represented as leaders, elected officials, and voters due to cultural and social norms, which limit their participation in the political process, hence , we intend to use our office as a medium of reorientation and emancipation of the average woman”