Dr. Badiyya Hassan Mashi, the Katsina State Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Socient, on Sunday identified cultural barriers as a major threat to women’s participation in politics in the country, Independent newspaper, reports.
She enumerated gender discrimination, gender based violence and lack of financial capacity, as other challenges bedevilling women in politics.
The commissioner disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondentwhile distributing 2000 goats to 1000 women at Kaita local government as part of Governor Aminu Masari efforts of alleviating the plights of the less privilege in the state.
“These reasons among others are the major hurdles faced by women in politics. This present limited participation of women in political life is fundamentally an expression of their underprivileged situation in the society.
“However, women should know that Islam as a religion is not a barrier to women participation in politics. So women who hide under Islam to avoid political activitiesshould desist from such,” she said.
While admonishing women to participate actively in next year’s election, Dr. Mashi said there was a need for capacity buildingto enhance women’s skills and knowledge on how to participate in political activities.