The feminist group "We Need Leadership" wants more women to get involved in politics


The feminist group "We Need Leadership" wants more women to get involved in politics

Women need leadership and encouragement, according to the Nala Feminist Collective (NalaFEM), if they are to participate more in politics and government.

The suggestion was made on Friday at the Sheraton in Abuja during the opening summit honouring the organization's first anniversary.

Women and girls from Africa and the diaspora are encouraged, empowered, and mobilised by NalaFEM, a Pan-African front of feminists.

The organization's council is made up of 17 female leaders under 40 who are among the world's youngest ministers, lawmakers, activists, and innovators.

Aya Chebbi, the originator and first African Union (AU) ambassador on youth, noted a lack of political will to connect policy and execution and stated that the summit's purpose is to provide a space of advocacy, mentorship, solidarity, and partnership.

Adding that there are flaws in the system that restrict young activists from realising their full potential, she urged stakeholders to help young ladies who want to get involved in politics.

The African Union (AU) is aware of these gaps, according to Fatima Kyari Mohammed, a permanent observer of the AU at the UN, but the only way to close them is via persistent campaigning on the part of young activists.

"Everything you do should be supported by current policies. Now that the chance has presented itself, civil societies, in particular, must seize it to adopt such policies, ensure their implementation, and, to the extent possible, hold them accountable. The only option, he declared, is this.

To avoid a "waste of energy," she warned against protests without a backup plan.

Pauline Tallen, minister of women's affairs and social development, said the ministry is working to secure social justice for victims of abuse by filling policy gaps, enhancing institutional capacity, fostering gender-equitable attitudes, and delivering high-quality services.

She praised NalaFEM's initiatives to involve women in nation-building and gave the group the ministry's support.

Young girls are underrepresented in political leadership, according to Jaha Dukureh, a council member and the founder of safe hands for girls, in part because of a lack of mentorship.

She urged seasoned female politicians to pave the way for younger women to enter the profession, stating that there can be no female succession without engaged females.

Beatrice Eyong, the UN women's representative to Nigeria, praised the group's work and stated that the UN-supported the intergenerational debate.

"It pleases me to see young ladies challenging the established quo. It demonstrates that Africa has hope. We are confident that you will succeed where we were unable to, and you can be sure of the UN women's unwavering support, she added.

The collective also released a book with the same name as the topic, "I Am Nala," which is a collection of seven stories by its council members, each chapter of which promotes one of the sustainable development goals. The event was held under the theme "I Am Nala" (SDGs).

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