NIGERIA FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
St. Petersburg recently held the Forum of Women Parliamentarians as part of 137th IPU Assembly. Our journalists interviewed Nkemjika Egwim, a Nigerian delegate, who told them about women’s positions in his country.
Nigerian women played an important role in country’s life before its independence. Now, many women work in the Parliament of Nigeria, alongside with all the other government structures of the country.
According to Nkemjika Egwim, gender equality is a very important and necessary notion. However, studying the issue, one has to consider culture and traditions of all the countries and nations. One also has to understand necessary historical aspects. For example, if war happens, women usually stay at home while men fight for their country. Those countries, which had more armed conflicts, lacked men. Thus, women got the opportunity to occupy senior posts. According to our interlocutor, “We try to make it so that men and women were at the same level. However, sometimes men should rise to women’s level and not vice versa”.
Nigerian delegate supposes that the first thing that one must consider in terms of gender equality is education. Traditionally, in some regions of the country, women do not study. It is an important issue, as one cannot take part in political life of their country without proper knowledge.
Nkemjika Egwin reminds that every person should stay human and consider cultural and traditional peculiarities of one another. He concluded by saying, that “We should also understand that people are not absolutely equal, just like fingers. We are not equal, but we should get equal opportunities for actualising our potential”.
Agata Korovina, Nikolay Boykov, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov