About half the mankind consists of women but they continued to be treated as second sex all over the world. It’s a man’s world everywhere. She continued to be play second fiddle to man economically; socially sexually they have been born to obey. To carry out orders. As mother, wife, and daughter-in fact, in any role she must have man’s protection and without him she Is nothing. In Nigeria, large number of women is still steeped in ignorance, superstition, poverty and disease in spite of democracy and independence.
Women in Nigeria are discriminated against not only In entering retain professional but also in continuing to work after marriage on grounds of domestic difficulties. These things hurting every wise person, times have changed; the picture Is no longer all that bleak. Aristotle, the wise thinker had said that state Is a “union of families and villages”. Family is the basic unit of society, which is the foundation of state Itself. Happy families create a healthy society and healthy society is a pre-requisite of strong political order in democratic societies.
A woman is an architect of society. She establishes the institution of family life. Lids the home, brings up the children and makes them good citizens. Her strength in totality contributes In the making of an Ideal family, Ideal society and an ideal state. “The reason so many experts believe educating girls is the most important Investment in the world is how much they give back to their families,” says Gene Spelling, a former top economic adviser to President Bill Clinton (and currently advising Barack Obama).
Spelling’s book, “What Works in Girls’ Education” (with Barbara Hertz Is simultaneously disturbing and encouraging. It’s disheartening to think of how far we eave to go to get all kids into school-?one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals launched In 2000 to accelerate progress on fighting poverty, disease and other social ills. But it’s also hopeful: at least we can focus on a specific solution. When girls go to school, they marry later and have fewer, healthier children.
For instance, if a Nigerian mother has five years of education, her child has a 40 percent better chance of living to age 5. A World Health Organization study In Burning Fast showed that mothers with some education were 40 percent less likely to object their children to the practice of genital mutilation. When girls get educated, they are three times less likely to contract HIVE/AIDS. Unfortunately, many Nigerian parents still don’t know that their own lives can be greatly improved If their daughters go to school.
They’re often uncomfortable when their girls have to travel long distances to school (making them more subject to sexual predators). Girls themselves grow uncomfortable in school when they have no separate latrines. They fear being spied on by boys; their parents agree and withdraw them. This is the kind f everyday Impediment to progress that lad organizers nonce on the ground but rarely becomes part of the debate. The biggest barrier to primary and secondary education in the developing world remains the fees that too many countries continue to charge parents for each child in school.
Sometimes it’s a flat fee; sometimes it’s barely disguised as a fee for books or school uniforms. The practical effect Is that poor families (disproportionately in rural areas, where school attendance is lightest) send their two oldest, healthiest boys to school with the hope that they will support 1 OFF keel to help their families-?of the chance to go to school. The challenge extends beyond funding to changing the culture of the developing world.
Fathers must be convinced that if their daughters go to school, they will learn enough math to help them in the market. Mothers must learn that while sending their daughters to school might mean one fewer pair of hands to help around the house, their families will be better off in the long run. “This is not a disease without a known cure,” says Spelling. “These things work everywhere. ” If these become the mom-and-apple-pie values of the developing world, we’ll all win.