Heir Women Hub lobbies Tinubu on leadership positions for young women

Heir Women Hub,  a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to consider young women for appointive positions.

Its Executive Director, Añuli Ola Olaniyi, made the call while speaking at a virtual peer-to-peer session for young women held on the theme “Leadership and civic knowledge enhancement for young women in the FCT” said the project is by Nigerian Youth Futures Fund and Implemented by LEAP Africa with support from Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation.

According to Ola-Olaniyi, young women bears lots of barries and challenges in getting their pride of place in the polity, regretting that this situation has limited their meaningful contributions to the growth and progress of the nation. 

“As the 10th National Assembly (NASS) is constituting there is still abysmal numbers of women in leadership positions and we are hoping that the current administration will appoint more women.

“We also expect that the 20 Special Assistants (SA’s) being compiled for the presidency include women and especially young women because this list  will tell how gender parity will work in this administration,” she said.

The executive director noted that the behaviours towards women occupying positions has not been encouraging.

She then urged young women to be resilient in pursuing their leadership goals in every given opportunity as this is part of the process in achieving success to occupy leadership positions.

“Visibility is currency and that has been resonating in different phases in all we do at the Heir women hub. This Leadership and civic knowledge enhancement for young women in the FCT resonates in everything we want to achieve in our organisation, understanding everything we have to do as a civic responsibility and in the FCT there is a lot for women to achieve so  lets face the challenges and know that we need to build resilience in our challenging moments,” she stated.

“Heir women exists to ensure that the capacity of leadership that we have is covered,” she added.

While sharing her experience as a House of Representative aspirant during the last elections Barrister Juliet Isi Ekayere, Principal partner at Macoms-J Attorney, Abuja and ADC Candidate for AMAC/Bwari constituency stressed the need for women to be knowledgeable and aware of happenings in their terrain, engage social capital, keep trying and learn to unite with people in their environment.

“I was called upon to contest the seat of the House of Reps under the party and I was initially jittery but I won the ticket amongst the three other male contestants utilising basically my knowledge, age bracket and the media,” she said.

Comrade Sarki Sylvia, while also sharing her experience vying for the President of the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) position noted that women face triple barriers deliberately set by men to disqualify women.

She said women are stereotyped to be entertainers and not leaders for a long existing period.

“I contested for NANS president out of anger after the male comrade tagged females as Aluta E’s meaning Aluta for Entertainment and to get a position you must be dating or have dated one of the male stakeholders. I was denied some positions because I refused to date any stakeholder so I organised female students and began to orientate them to always showcase their strength and not be discouraged.

“26 of us came up for the NANS position, I met all the criteria and was qualified as the only woman amongst 11 other aspirants and even though I didn’t win the election, I got many votes and broke the barrier that women couldn’t contest the position especially in the north where I come from,” she said.

Earlier, the Programme Officer, Blessing Ejeh, while giving an overview of the project said the Heir women’s hub in collaboration with some state actors are working on entrenching the seven civic core values in the minds of every citizens for a better Nigeria.

“Heir women was invited in April to discuss the implementation strategy in promoting the national ethics and integrity policy which was an idea birthed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses commission in collaboration with the office of the secretary general of the federal republic of Nigeria and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

“Our aim is to enhance value and integrity as well as tackle corruption in the society using zhe model launched in september 20, 2020 the values has seven fundamental principle including human dignity, voice and participation, patriotism, personal responsibility, integrity, national unity and professionalism.

“Heir women is particularly ensuring that young women  are involved and take up leadership roles in government, workplace etc everybody should be represented and no one should be discriminated upon based on their gender,” she stressed.

She called on citizens to abide by the ethics and be guided and uphold the principles, imbibe the qualities of the principles collaborate with Heir women hub, ICPC to ensure that the code of conduct policy is implemented.

A participant, Constance Onyemachi, noted that society is not supportive of women for leadership positions, urging that they must remain resilient, prepared to present themselves as worthy candidates, and be knowledgeable.

Another participant, Elizabeth Sani, described the session as “eye opening” while calling for more elderly women to mentor young women in politics.

The Heir Women hub is an NGO which advocates for young women on decision making positions and leadership opportunities.