Outdated customs hinder Nigerian women’s successes.
Dooshima Suswam, the wife of the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has said that the 35 per cent women affirmation being flaunted by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is a scam and is far from being implemented.
“The 30 per cent affirmation action (is) a mirage in Nigeria,” Mrs. Suswam said
The Benue state first lady said this on Wednesday, at the University of Jos, while delivering a public lecture entitled “Empowering women for leadership through education.”
She advocated for gender equality as a means of encouraging full participation in national economic development.
Mrs. Suswam lamented the lack of equal opportunities for women in Nigeria politics saying the trend has slowed down economic development of Nigeria.
The guest lecturer said that women in Nigeria have not been give equal opportunities to compete favorably with their male counterparts.
She spoke in condemnation of certain cultures that hinders the women’s progress.
“A young girl with serious menstrual pain will be forced to marry early believing that when she gives birth the pain will subside. Also the female genital mutilation may result into a bad infection capable of keeping the girl out of school,” Mrs. Suswam said.
She said most challenges being faced by women are as a result of lack of formal education, adding that priority is often not given to the female gender as a result of outdated customs and traditions.
“African customs and traditions have steadfast beliefs, especially when it comes to issues bordering on gender differentiation. Nigerian seems to be holding firmly to that more than other African (countries),” she said.
She said outdated cultures frustrated the female child from excelling in life.
Mrs. Suswam encouraged women who might have lost out in pursing formal education to engage themselves in vocational skills to contribute their quota in economic development.