In a UN survey highlighting the number of women in ministerial positions, Nigeria ranks 23 in the world, above the likes of the United States of America, France, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
This was released in an official statement following the June 26 book launch of “Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: Champion for Women,” a testimonial of women emancipation efforts by the Nigerian president.
In 321 pages, the book showcases each of the 14 women ministers, over 17 ambassadors and other leading women in the Goodluck administration.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia was in the country to present the book. Also in attendance were Her Excellency, President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe of Zimbabwe, and former President John Kufuor of Ghana.
Under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, thirty percent of the President’s cabinet comprises of women, the highest number in the history of Nigeria. And also for the first time in the history of the nation, the Nigerian Defence Academy allowed female students through its doors.
The highlight of the evening was no doubt the presentation of the female cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy by Major General Emeka Onwuamaegbu, the Commandant of the academy.
Two of the twenty girls are presently in academies in the United States.
According to President Johnson Sirleaf, it is perhaps time for the men to stop taking charge and let the women start taking care.