By AFAM Echi
A female protagonist and gender equality advocate, Princess Calista Anene has risen in protest to condemn the poor representation of women in the recent political appointments made by the Imo State government.
The Oguta born Princess spoke at the side line shortly after the swearing in of the state Commissioners Wednesday at the Ahiajoku Arts and Culture centre.
Fuming that only two women were appointed in the Ihedioha’s Rebuild team to take Imo to higher level she wondered why the governments finds it very difficult to respect the 35% Affirmative action stipulated by the United Nations.
The Canadian based advocate for good governance insisted that women should be fairly represented in this PDP government led by Governor Ihedioha because according to her women fought more than men during the campaigns and elections with their adult children as the major voters.
While she expressed gratitude to the governor for finding the women worthy, she also hoped that the governor will be magnanimous enough to give more women appointments in the subsequent positions to be filled.
In her words, ‘lots of women who are interested in politics tend to shy away from it due to the male dominance in this country’s political circle, and also the violent nature of Nigerian politics, so, I believe that assigning women a 35% quota will go a long way in encouraging and improving women’s participation in politics.’’
The Oguta PDP stalwart also made some recommendations on certain steps to improve women participation in politics in Nigeria. She advised that the Federal Government, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the media should intensify campaign to promote gender equality in politics and guarantee the support of Women in politics and appointments.
In her further recommendations she stated, ‘I recommend the repeal of all discriminatory practices meted out on female politicians; economic empowerment; support from family and the media; equal representation in governance; a healthy political environment; and efforts should be taken to correct all negative and stereotyped views of women’’
She noted again that as leader who must lead by example her campaign as a champion for her gender has encouraged and lifted many women from slumber to take interest in active politics, believing that by 2023 more female participation would be experienced.
Princess Anene explaining her stand said, ‘my views on gender equality is to live in a society where women and men enjoy almost the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.’’ She nevertheless recognized that as a Christian, in the home the man remains the head of the family.