The first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief (Mrs) Folake Solanke has urged Nigerian women to actively participate in the political space by contesting for political positions. The learned silk made the call at the International Women in Leadership Conference (IWLC) put together by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) in collaboration with the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State.

“I applaud the objective of the conference to orientate young women and girls to expand their role in the society beyond home managers or permanent deputies to men. Rather, they should contest elections for the office of president with men as their deputies. That is a profound shift from normal,” Chief Solanke said.

The theme of the conference was RETHINKING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN MODERN DAY AFRICA. It also featured some of Nigeria’s trailblazing and highflying women including Mrs Ibukun Awosika (First Female Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Ltd), Abimbola Izu (former Executive Director at Skye Bank and First female OAU Student Union president), Mrs Elvira Salleras and Mrs Olayemi Anyanechi.

In giving the vote of thanks, the president of ILSA, Oluwaseun Joshua Ayansola quoting G.D Anderson said “feminism is not about making women strong. Women are already strong. It is about changing the way we perceive that strength.”

Tayo Fabusiwa is a Student of Law, a Legal Writer, as well as an Illustrious Researcher.