By Justina Auta, Abuja.
Nigeria is prepared to partner with Burundi for the advancement of women’s causes on the African continent.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, gave the assurance in Abuja on Tuesday when she received Ms Marie-Jeanne Ntakirutimana, Ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria.
Tallen described Burundi as a sister country and noted that challenges facing African women, particularly in poor representation in leadership positions, were similar.
“Women work so hard for little pay; women are not acknowledged and given their rightful positions particularly in the political space,’’ she noted.
The minister called on African leaders to concede more positions to women if they wanted the African continent to move forward and progress.
Tallen cited Rwanda as a clear example within the African continent where women held sway with the highest number of women at controlling heights of governance and in the private sector.
“For Rwanda, women’s participation in the Judiciary is 50 per cent; in the Legislature, it is 62 per cent; in the Executive, it is 62 per cent.
“When compared with Nigeria, we have less than 7 per cent,’’ she said.
Earlier, Ntakirutimana said that the visit was to strengthen the relations already existing between Burundi and Nigeria.
She said that her country’s minister of women affairs would be glad to work with Nigeria on issues concerning women in general.
The envoy stressed the need for the two countries to partner for the advancement of women’s causes on the African continent.