By Abubakar Baba Ahmad
Stakeholders at a one day dialogue on Masculinity Norms have called for stronger awareness campaign and culture reset towards the involvement of women in decision making in Bauchi State.
In a lead paper titled Masculinity Norms; the role of men in promoting women’s participation, the Executive Director Rescue Initiative for Sustainable development Mrs Lydia Shehu called for the removal of barriers impeding women’s participation in peace process.
Lydia Shehu identified stereotyping, culture, religious misconceptions, educational inequality among factors responsible for low participation of women in leadership and decision making.
On her part, Chief Magistrate Shafa’u Ladan decried low representation of women in the state Shari’a courts, which led to the feeling of injustice and lack of fair hearing among them.
Shafa’u Ladan who is also the Director Planning, Research and Statistics of the state high court said to achieve sustainable peace, there must be adequate women representation in the courts for them to have a sense of belonging.
Speaking from the religious angle, the Chief Imam of Masjid Abdullah Bin Abbas Tudun Salmanu Salihu Imam said Islam has given special status and recognition to women in decision making and other aspects of life, hence the need for the society to acknowledge that.
The convener of the meeting and Manager International Alert in Bauchi Jennifer Dashe said the aim of the dialogue was to rub minds towards exploring how men can aid in making women’s participation in peace and leadership feasible.
The dialogue meeting which deliberated on patriarchal gender norms and the construction of masculinities in conflict affected setting, saw participants from all strata of the society in attendance.
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