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Socialist Democracy March 2004

 

INVOLVING FEMALE STUDENTS -

CAMPUS ACTIVISM IS FOR ALL

Sometimes, I feel alone and alienated among the male student activists; they believe female students should not participate in campus activism.

It is sad that many of the male students still do not see reasons why female students should be involved in student unionism despite the fact that we receive lectures under the same roof.

The other side of the issue is that most female students shy away from campus politics, because they see themselves as being inferior to men. This might be due to lack of encouragement, timidity, culture, religion and intimidation especially from the male students. For instance, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), which is supposed to comprise of both male and female students throughout the federation, is dominated mainly by the male activists that do not have the interest of the generality of students in mind but just to get their pockets enriched.

Moreover, some female students do not appear to be interested in what happens in the larger society or within the campus. Some believe that women are supposed to be followers and not leaders.

Frankly speaking, there is nothing wrong if one tries a race and fails. Failure is an opportunity for one to try again and put in his/her best.

Student unionism is for both male and female students; the females should not see themselves as being inferior or not suitable for leadership.

Say no to intimidation, say no to marginalisation!

 

 

Socialist Democracy March 2004