By Abdullateef Faruq Olamilekan 

The fabric of our society often impedes the full realization of a woman’s potential, and this challenge is particularly pervasive in regions like Nigeria, where certain ethnic groups, including the Hausa, Yoruba, and specific Igbo communities, experience pronounced gender biases.

These biases trace their roots to entrenched norms within family tribes and cultures, perpetuating the notion of females as the “weaker sex.” This perception restricts their roles in society, confines them to certain occupations, and disproportionately assigns familial responsibilities. Notably, this bias is prominently observed in the Yoruba tribe.

However, amidst these challenges, there exists a beacon of hope in the form of inspirational figures such as “NGOZI_OKONJO_IWEALA,” who made history as the first African woman to lead the World Trade Organization.

Her remarkable achievements serve as a powerful reminder to parents that their daughters are capable of excelling in diverse fields. Encouraging female education becomes imperative to challenge and dismantle stereotypes that confine women to traditional domestic roles.

Addressing these deeply ingrained issues requires a multifaceted approach, with governmental intervention being a key component. Enacting and enforcing laws that promote gender equality in workplaces, spanning organizations, ministries, and companies, can significantly alleviate the societal challenges stemming from gender biases.

By institutionalizing policies that eradicate gender disparities in hiring processes, a more equitable and inclusive work environment can be fostered.

Moreover, there is a pressing need to challenge preconceived notions about the capabilities of women. Figures like “NGOZI_OKONJO_IWEALA” exemplify that women can achieve as much as their male counterparts, if not more. Recognizing and celebrating such accomplishments is instrumental in reshaping societal perspectives and dismantling restrictive norms and cultural practices that limit opportunities based on gender.

In conclusion, the resolution of gender inequalities requires a collaborative and proactive effort from various stakeholders. Governmental involvement in the form of laws and policies can provide a framework for change, ensuring that organizations actively promote gender equality.

Simultaneously, parents play a crucial role in fostering an environment that encourages education for both male and female children, challenging the deeply ingrained notion of women as the “weaker sex.” This collective effort holds the promise of a positive transformation in our society, moving towards a more balanced, equitable, and inclusive future for all.



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