Women in Abaji area of Abuja have continued to lament how inequality placed on them by the society is pushing them to poverty and contributing to what they described as a man-made predicament that is being sustained by culture.
The women say a solution to what they call unbearable inequality they currently face is the amplified voices of women.
They say it is only when they speak in a united voice that they can push advocacies that will liberate and put an end to gender inequality and discrimination women go through in the community and other areas in Abuja.
Some of the women who spoke to MAWA Foundation said the inequality women face has made it impossible for them to be properly positioned to contribute meaningfully to societal development and nation-building. A situation they said will not be allowed to continue and charged other women to speak up against women ineqaulity.
The women who spoke in a focused group discussion organized by MAWA Foundation as part of a Special Report on how inequality is affecting women and youth say that society has created women to suffer injustice which many use inequality to justify.
Mr. Ezea Roseline, one of the women that spoke to MAWA, narrated how Micro Finance Banks and other commercial Banks demand the consent of their husbands before they can be given loans for their business not minding that they are adults that can take decisions on their own.
A situation she condemned while pointing out that it has been allowed to continue because society has placed ineqauity on women.
Some Muslim women that participated in the focused group discussion expressed disappointment in the way their husbands treat them by believing they do not have right as humans and must be subjected to their maltreatment.
They added that many marriages have collapsed in the area because of excess maltreatment of women by their husbands who see them as mere property instead of humans that ought to be respected.
Mrs. Zainab, one of the participants in the focused group discussion, said the only way to address women’s inequality and discrimination is to empower the rural women by strengthening their capacity for a unified strong voice to speak up.
She, however, said there is no voice that the government listens to like women’s voice, adding that when the voices become coordinated and amplified, it will lead to an unprecedented change.
Mrs. Williams Uka, who is not happy about how inequality is affecting women’s economic empowerment, narrated how she had approached three Banks for a loan, and they demanded her husband must give consent before she can be considered.
“It is that bad for women, in the banks they want our husbands to give consent before you can be given a loan, what if your husband does not support you to take a loan”, Uka said.