If the day of May 13 does not exist, it is then necessary to invent it to honor the Nigerian woman. Fortunately, this particular day took place one day in May 1991 when the voice of a Nigerian woman
rang in the skies of Niamey to spread its echoes at the gates of the Primature where women of all ages marched, at once and by a massive procession, to demand a better representation of the women on the podium of the National Sovereign Conference in full preparation. This day certainly deserves to be immortalized. So National Women’s Day was established in commemoration of this event. Don’t we say that ” what a woman wants, God wants ”?
Since then, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge, but the
the course is pretty convincing. In fact, so many decisions have been made and actions taken in favor of the advancement of Nigerian women. It had to start first by fighting the injustices and discrimination to which Nigerian women are subject.
In this major project, Niger had to ratify several international conventions, but also develop and adopt national strategies, all of which contribute to efforts to protect women’s rights. These include, among others, the Convention on
the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW); the Convention on the Rights of Children (CDE), the law of 07 June 2000 establishing a quota system on elective duties as well as its mandate
application on February 21, 2001; the National Gender Policy (PNG); the PNG ten -year implementation plan; the National Strategy to Combat Gender-Based Violence, the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Women; and a national program to promote women’s leadership, etc.
Then there are the decisive actions that are part of showing a strong political will to make Nigerien women, from now on, not just a simple actor, but a real machine of development. It is in this context that we must accept the construction of multifunctional centers for women in some regions; training in women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and gender; mainstreaming gender in policies,
programs and projects; the development of women’s entrepreneurship, especially through women’s easier and more consistent access to credit; the creation of several micro- institutions
finance; providing equipment to women’s groups in 8 regions and several community centers in the country; strengthening women’s capabilities through literacy and their formation in groups,
networks, unions and federations, etc. And, as luck would have it, there was the institutionalization of the Salon de l’Artisanat pour la Femme (SAFEM), then built into an International Salon, the concern being to further promote and advance the talents of Nigerian women who are good at ban. of crafts and in other sectors of socio-cultural and economic life. To this was added the organization of agro-sylvo-pastoral fairs which reflects the desire to advance efforts to empower women. And currently, other hopes are being shown on the dial, including the development of the National Action Plan on Second Generation Women, Peace and Security Agenda 2020-2024 where consultations are being conducted. .
Now, more than 31 years later, the result is here! Women rightly asserted themselves at the helm of Republican institutions, ministries and related departments, as well as at the head of certain state offices and companies. The private sector is no exception. There, we no longer count the number of emerging business leaders and advocates of structures coming from the field of private initiatives. In the countryside, women are not left behind either. Today, through self-sacrifice on farms and in irrigation environments, in breeding, agri-food, trade, labor and other income-generating activities, rural women hold the majority. to the financial power of the countryside. And it’s all to their credit! The women’s boost engine is there, and the engine is at full throttle!
However, far from indulging in blissful self -satisfaction, we believe that the occasion of today’s celebration is an ideal platform to remind decision makers of the other major challenges waiting to be faced to the Nigerian woman across the his rights and the conditions of his empowerment. The path was long and still littered some traps. We must move forward with more determination and commitment to respecting gender, more supportive of women to help them understand themselves. This is the case to emphasize the importance of organizing the marketing chain for market garden products, made everywhere in Niger, with the abundance of brave women who understood the saying that ‘‘ man is must live (and thrive) by the sweat of his forehead ”!
By Rabiba Aboubacar Bouzou (onep)