Patience Jonathan, a former First Lady of Nigeria and the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is one of those who can strongly disagree with President Muhammadu Buhari on his views about women’s place in the society.
Recall that earlier today the president has laughed off his wife’s statement about his plans of re-election in 2019. During a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel he said:
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” However, Dame Jonathan, who is known for her work towards advancing the rights of women and children, called on Nigerian women and girls to stop limiting themselves, go out of the shadow and expand horizons.
“Nigerian women should no longer go back to the kitchen. It is not our portion to go back to the kitchen. We have women that are capable. We can contribute our quota to the development of Nigeria.” Garba Shehu, the official spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, has hastened to explain the controversial statement of the president. Reacting to the development Garba Shehu: “My friends, can’t a leader get a sense humour anymore? Mr. President laughed before that statement was made.” He also stressed that President Buhari respects the place of women in our society and believes in their abilities. Mr Shehu mentioned that one of Nigeria’s most sensitive office today is headed by a woman, Mrs Adeosun.
Sexism or gender discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender.
Sexism can affect any gender, but it is particularly documented as affecting women and girls. It has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles, and may include the belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically superior to another. Extreme sexism may foster sexual harassment, rape, and other forms ofsexual violence.