Since the return of democracy in 1999, the women folk buoyed by the strut of the Beijing platform for action have been making spirited efforts towards achieving the affirmations and declaration. Specifically, global amazons have pursued the Beijing agenda for women’s empowerment which aims at removing all the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through ensuring women a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. It expects the application of the principle of shared power and responsibility between women and men.
Though in seeking political power via vying elective offices, women in Nigeria have been having fluctuating fortune going by the number of women elected into the Senate after each election cycle, the amazons of Nigeria’s murky political ground have soldiered on and not let down the spirit of the weaker sex. From the 4th Senate to the yet to be inaugurated 9th Senate, a total of 38 women have elected into the red chamber (4th Senate – 3 women; 5th Senate – 4 women; 6th Senate – 9 women; 7th Senate – 7 women; 8th Senate – 8 women and; 9th Senate 7 women).
It is however a concern for commentators on our polity that despite their vast number, the political fortunes of the women yet continue to dwindle or stagnate after each cycle elections. The Digest in its search found out that diehard cultural practices, economic and financial war chest remain the major bane for the women folk in their political quest.
As Nigerians welcome the heroines of the 9th Senate, namely, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Senator Stella Oduah, Senator Rose Okoh, Senator Uche Ekwunife, senator Betty Apiafi, Senator AishatuDahiru and Senator Akon Eyakenyiit is hoped that these great 7-women army of the incoming Senate would represent effectively, both their senatorial districts and the Beijing district.