An entrepreneur, Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi has called for human capacity building for women in Kwara State to enable them tackle multifaceted challenges they are facing.
She also stressed the need to empower women economically to have the ability to think right towards encouraging their husbands to have vision and create better things for the future of Nigeria.
The Convener of a group, the Original Women, Hajia Ahman-Pategi said this while fielding questions from journalists at an iftar organised for women in Kwara State.
The Iftar was organised to discuss the challenges confronting women and also train them on how to accept their roles in the way nature endowed.
More Women in Political Positions
She advocated appointment of more women into various political positions in the process of policy making for them to contribute their quotas to the growth and development of the society.
According to her, women in the state are struggling and they were marginalized, saying that the society will be better if they are properly engaged.
“Kwara women are suffering, women are bedrock of the society, if they get it right, society will get it right because they are the one that raise the future leaders. I am not against women being in position of power, a woman can aspire to be governor or president but they must accept their roles by nature by standing by men, it shouldn’t be about struggling with men,” she said .
Changing Women Perspective
Hajia Ahman-Pategi explained that the need to have a paradigm shift in the State by changing women perspective, ensuring accurate thinking and information for women for them to look into the same direction of changing the society for better and raising the future leaders of the country in the best way.
Speaking on the rationale behind the establishment of the Original Women, the Convener explained that it was aimed to bring women together to discuss the root challenges facing them and address them to raise the true leaders of the country.
“This rationale behind the establishment of the Original Women is to bring women together to rub minds and find solutions to women challenges. Because each time women gathered they are always discussing their problems, home in shambles, relationship challenge. So there is need to sit down to think about how it can be solved “
” There is no woman one meet that won’t have a story to tell and the worst thing is that women are their own problem, because they create problem with other women. Women are marginalised and our voices are not heard. Why is it like that is because more negative things are being discussed in women gathering that positive” Hajia Ahman-Pategi said further.
She charged the State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq to have more women in his cabinet in order to engage them effectively in the process of policy making.
The Co-Convener of the Original Women, Funmi Adefilo Osiegbu, stressed the need for women to return to the drawing board to raise the family in a proper way, support their husbands and be part of policy making to have a better society.