Women in Imo politics

The involvement of women in Imo politics is nothing to write home about. In a situation where it seems the male governors are the problems rather than the solutions every now and then, a female governor for Imo state could be an option to provide the answer this time around. It is worth trying.
But where are the women in Imo politics? Is anything repelling them from participation?
Our women are active more as ringside spectators in the game of politics. They are never strongly in the center ring to contest for the governorship position. Once there is an invitation to come to Owerri and cheer male contestants, you see them in astonishing numbers slaving to go and make up the crowd. Are they shy or timid, a condition other women around the world have long overcome?
There must be things in the system that deter women, even educated ones, from vying for key political positions. Those things must be identified and removed forthwith.
We suspect that the attitude of men to women generally has not been welcoming enough to women political aspirants in their midst. Women have always stepped into politics to meet a brick wall of male conspiracy that discourages them and keeps them out. First, there is this blanket stigma that women politicians are not home makers; that they are wayward, unfaithful or engage in infidelity and adultery, using politics as cover.
Thus, this is a powerful unspoken, attitudinal discrimination that disgraces women who engage in politics. This archaic and primitive thinking which is still prevalent in our society makes politics look like an arena for sexual recklessness in which women alone suffer its consequences.
Secondly, the attitude denies women in particular their political human rights and sets them out for socio-cultural rejection when they show the slightest interest in politics.
This situation underscores and highlights the enormous work our society owes issues of women’s human rights and gender equality. To change this, the male folk and society at large must see the emancipation or liberation of women as a desideratum if the society will tap fully into its human resources. Imo women are still far behind, being under-represented in decision-making and in all agencies and organs of the state at all levels. This should not be regarded as acceptable and an unavoidable norm. It is time to give them more power, influence and resources, if the society will move forward and make the required progress.

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