Not in a day!

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It must go with­out say­ing that women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion in pol­i­tics is im­por­tant. To have pro­por­tional women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the par­lia­ment is im­por­tant. This is con­sid­er­ing the fact that an in­creased women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion in par­lia­ment or lo­cal gov­ern­ments for that mat­ter will en­sure that women’s voices are heard equally when it comes to mak­ing de­ci­sions that mostly af­fect their world. It may sound iron­i­cal but nonethe­less true that most im­por­tant laws and acts con­cern­ing women and chil­dren are to­day de­lib­er­ated and passed on by par­lia­men­tar­i­ans that mostly com­prise men. So why not we have women on board who could de­cide what is best for them and their fu­ture? And come elec­tions, it has be­come a trend among the me­dia and other NGOs and CSOs con­cern­ing women and chil­dren to as­sess how many women are tak­ing part in the elec­tions and how many of them are elected to po­si­tions. A few may of­fer their fe­lic­i­ta­tion to the elected ones, while a few of­fer their con­do­lences. And there ar­rives a few po­lit­i­cal crit­ics, rea­son­ing the dif­fi­cul­ties for women to get elected to po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions. While we may say that women re­main se­ri­ously un­der­rep­re­sented in de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions de­spite the pop­u­la­tion of women equal­ing that of men, nu­mer­i­cally women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in pol­i­tics is on the rise. The 14.4% women rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tions is com­mend­able, con­sid­er­ing the fact that 2013 elec­tions saw 6.9% women rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and 13.9% per­cent women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in 2008. This is a good in­di­ca­tion. Fur­ther, the heart­en­ing thing is more women are com­ing for­ward un­like in the past. Al­beit neg­li­gi­bly, it’s heart­en­ing that the sce­nario is chang­ing. It’s heart­en­ing that there have been de­bates rife over the years in in­tro­duc­ing gen­der quo­tas to bring about pro­por­tion­ate women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in gov­er­nance, be­sides NGOs and CSOs or­ga­niz­ing con­sul­ta­tion con­fer­ences and work­shops on women in pol­i­tics. It must be ac­knowl­edged that enough has been done at least in terms of fa­cil­i­tat­ing women’s en­try into pol­i­tics. A cer­tain sec­tion, nonethe­less, feels that less women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in pol­i­tics is an ur­gent na­tional is­sue and un­der­stand­ably the panic that the num­ber must equal that of the other sex or shouldn’t be less. Per­haps, blinded by gen­der equal­ity, we feel that there must be equal women rep­re­sen­ta­tion by five years or a decade, no mat­ter what. Clichéd it may sound, but we can learn from this in­fa­mous adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The ex­pres­sion ba­si­cally un­der­lines the im­por­tance of pa­tience and that im­por­tant work takes time. His­to­ries are abounded with sto­ries and atroc­i­ties against women. There have been dis­crim­i­na­tions against women that stems from the so­ci­ety’s at­ti­tu­di­nal, be­hav­ioral, cul­tural and re­li­gious be­liefs. Hav­ing said that, we must un­der­stand that our jour­ney has be­gun, a notably one, and we must let time take its course.

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