gGender biases are the unfair rights that exist between men and women, which can lead to unequal treatment. It is a widely known problem in human history and culture. Women have fewer opportunities for economic and political participation. They have less access to basic and higher education. They are given no attention. They are usually victims of patriarchal society or have successfully survived the discrimination imposed on them by culture and religion. In many cases, the participation of women in different leadership roles is either delayed or thwarted.
Women are also victims of discrimination in access to education. Although the world is making progress in achieving parity for girls in education, those in developing countries, like Nigeria, still have a high percentage of out-of-school or drop-outs compared to boys. This is even though parents struggling to pay their children’s school fees place a high priority on boys going to school over girls. This leaves many girls out of school.
Some of our beliefs, in culture and religion, especially in the North, contribute so much to the trend. Those involved here believe that women are incapable of governing or unfit for politics.
However, recently in Nigeria, many women hold political positions such as ministers, but none has yet held a presidential or governorship.
Thanks to women’s rights activists and activities today that raise awareness of women’s rights, thereby reducing the risk of discrimination against them.
I want to call for gender parity to create a successful and prosperous society. There should be equal rights for every person, regardless of gender, and people should be judged and hired on their merit, character or behavior.
Asma’u Husna Muhammad wrote from Abuja