Female Leadership Crucial For Africa

2016-04-13 14:17

Female Leadership crucial for the well-being of the continent.

Women leadership is crucial for the advancement of our country and Africa as a whole. Women account for about 49.3% of the world’s total population and though that is a representation in number it does not translate in women being active politically more so in position of leadership. With Africa at crossroads many have been overlooking a solution that has been there since the birth of man. It is undeniable that women have played a huge role in delivering society. Women readily contribute towards the development of their communities and as we have witnessed how women go the extra mile to sustain their livelihoods and that of society.

Why women leadership?

Those that occupy positions of leadership have only proven that man only takes care of himself. In the savagery that is modern politics political leaders throughout Africa have governed with a harsh hand more especially when it comes to issues of women. With many African countries enjoying their independence women are still searching for theirs. The controversy surrounding women leaders is unsubstantiated and only serves to discourage any woman that vies for leadership. A popular trend is African societies is to limit women to up keeping the household, many go to argue that a women’s place is in the kitchen and is irrefutable because it is human nature. These all popular patriarchal responses to women leadership. What is odd is though these reasons against women leadership don’t hold water they are accepted for the sole purpose it is the sex that is opposed instead of the work that they bring to the table.

What man so fears in women leadership is not what she can achieve for the greater good of society rather man fears to be subjected to the very things they subject women to. If truth is anything to go by then women are the obvious leaders of society. From Queen Mothers like Yaa Asantewa of Ghana ,Queens of Ethiopia, to political leaders like, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Maya Angelou, former Senegalese Prime Minister Mame Madior Boye, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Mama Sisulu women leaders in Africa have gone to great lengths to defend the rights of their people and to facilitate development of Africa in an intersectional orientation.

What we have seen in the apparently democratic states of Africa is the acknowledgement of a need for women leadership but it ends in only an acknowledgement. Many leaders are gender equality opposition though they propose those motions to their different government sectors. What these excuses of leaders won’t admit is that African women’s movements continue to actively define their own agendas this despite the dangers women face in society. They have helped influence the combination of the rights-based and development-based approaches to women’s advancement which can also be seen as the advancement of society as women are society. Global feminism is making strides it never has ever before, and African women leaders have significantly contributed to bringing about the transformation that is necessary for the embetterment of Africa.

If indeed we are of the opinion that we respect women and value their opinion then we should be honoring of our words and accept women leadership and critique them on their work as opposed to their gender. With many countries a year or two away from elections, more must be done to unsure that women lead so to ensure society has a fighting chance. Not to say men have no role to play rather they have played captain to a ship now sinking.

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