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We are Calling for Equity & Justice Not Competition with Men – Women Group



Gloria Shoda, NCWS President

Gloria Shoda, President, National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), says the clamour for improved livelihood for women is to complement men’s roles and not to compete with them.

Shoda said this when she led some members of the society on a visit to the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello in Abuja on Thursday.

She called on the FCT administration to create impactful policies that would ease the burden of residents through provision of social amenities and infrastructure fitting FCT.

Shoda solicited for policies in both public and private sectors to ensure that women are fully integrated into development plans.

She said women should be accorded more space and opportunities, as the nation stands to gain infinitely from their empowerment.

According to her, our clamour for improvements in the life of women is not to contest headship of families with men.

“It is often about fairness, equity and justice. We subscribe to the age-long position of men as heads of families. Our culture and religious tenets encourage this position. Nothing must preclude a woman from having equal access to opportunities, like political and professional leaderships that are open to both genders.

I appeal to people that make policies in both the public and private sectors to ensure that women are fully integrated into development plans. They should be accorded more space and opportunities as the nation stand to gain infinitely from their empowerment,’’ she said.

She appealed for the revalidation of the vacant land beside the national headquarters of the society.

Shoda also called on the FCT to consider the involvement of the society in activities bothering on market administration, sanitation and health care programmes in the FCT.

Shoda said that it was the NCWS’ shared aspiration to stimulate women to create wealth, help to build a virile polity and assist in building a greater tomorrow for the nation.

She said the council would join hands with the three tiers of government, public-spirited individuals and philanthropic organisations to improve the fortunes of the Nigerian woman.

Bello, in his response, promised to partner with the society for improved livelihood for women.

He said that a better life for the women was by extension a life for the family and the nation at large.

He promised to look into the revalidation of the vacant land beside the national headquarters of the society to ease their activities.


  1. Sugabelly

    January 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Suppress?? the?? need?? to?? reassure?? Men??
    Nigerian women are absolutely here to compete with Nigerian men.
    This feminism with a side of patriarchy is not helping any of us.
    Stop comforting men and do what women need without care for how men are going to take it or feel.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Yasser girl go! Said it best.

    • Sevenade

      January 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Na which man do you strong thing?

    • keke driver

      January 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

      @Real Nigerian Men must have seriously dealt with with you in your past life and in this one.

  2. AceOfSpades

    January 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Feminism is always said to not be a competition between sexes but when you look at it well. It bears semblance with University and Polytechnic degrees comparison.

    Let’s say University is male and Polytechnic is female. Both are tertiary institutions. I know polytechnic graduates who are leading firms but there’s always that thing they got for University graduates. Even when they are top executives, when a University graduate applies for a job where they head, they still feel like showing that ‘don’t feel too comfortable because you got a University degree’ attitude.

    Now some University graduates are very bad too. They feel they are superior but that doesn’t mean there aren’t polytechnic graduates who feel that too. They feel University graduates didn’t work hard enough or didn’t get grilled enough so what’s the ‘importance’.

    Feminism will almost always be a competition.

  3. madman

    January 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    This is a DUMB AND STUPID statement,

    “We subscribe to the age-long position of men as heads of families.”

    Why are you wasting your time advocating for women if men are the “HEAD”?

    BTW, where did this group just creep out from? Apart from meetings with government officials, what do they do?

  4. madman

    January 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Women should not be complementing jackshit. If a man is not performing kick him out. I’m a bit confused by what this group does.

    Its not by force to advacte and support women. This beggy beggy approach to advocacy doesn’t work especially when it comes to women’s rights.

    • Engoz

      January 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      You can now see why things are not moving as we expect for women in that country. They use these organizations to pander to the men in power and they sell their souls for the crumbs these men throw at them. To corroborate my claims, see what the critics say about the organization on Wiki…

      “Though criticized by some for its lukewarm opposition and warm reception to government policies, Justice Nzeako, a former NCWS president emphasized that the organization is apolitical but acts as a pressure group to make the government amend its ways….

      The issue of financing has earned NCWS criticism from some groups. For a long time, federal and state government gave subventions to NCWS which allowed the organization to build a national headquarters in Abuja and also own a commercial building in Victoria Island, Lagos.[10] This financing relationship have sometimes made NCWS less critical of some actions of the government such as the annulment of the democratic process in 1993 a few years after mobilizing women to come out and participate in the electoral process.”

      He who pays the piper dictates the tune. Patriarchy rewards women like this. Women who know their ‘place’. Masculinity must be very fragile to consistently need reassurance on its position. If I were a man I will be ashamed of myself that I attained ‘headship’ or ‘leadership’ based on my conscription of my genitals rather than my capabilities. Instead I would want there to be a level playing field between the sexes. Those who rise will rise, those who will be total failures will be.

      @Gem, I’m stealing your quote

      “Men and women cannot be equal outside the home until they are; inside it”…….

  5. Bimbo

    January 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

    And this is the head of a women’s empowerment organisation ?

  6. Gem

    January 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

    “We subscribe to age-long positions of men as heads of families. Our culture and religious tenets encourage this position”
    My people, this right here is the BIG problem. Why do we always have to pretend that this right here ain’t part of what we are fighting for? Why do we feel the need to reassure men that ‘this is no competing with them’?
    This is how I understand this: ‘Women who are more capable should have upper hands in their homes’. Leadership should never be about gender at all. It should be about who does it better…it should be about who has the temperaments, the personality, the drive, the strength and abilities. So Yes! It’s about competition.
    We cant deny that this problem is why alpha females stifle their potentials to lead….and feminism as we know, propagates being our truest selves. Let us start to be our truest selves in and outside marriages. Let us begin to know and internalize that to be strong and dominant and assertive is neither ‘intimidating’ nor ’emasculating’. It’s NORMAL. And if he’s ‘intimidated’ and ’emasculated’, there’s a difference and that is not your problem; but his.

    “Men and women cannot be equal outside the home until they are; inside it”…….

  7. tunmi

    January 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I get it. No the patriarchy way get the money so for now, they’ll play to it.

    But the gag is: is it a for-now policy?

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