The radio program has audiences across a wide range of age, gender and religions, as well as different socio-economic groups. FOMWAN also takes its human rights promotion and protection mandates seriously, and advocates for the right to education, children's rights, gender-related rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, as well as several socio-economic rights. The organization is known for taking a front-line stance while advocating for the recognition of the rights to education, inheritance and age of consent to marriage, spousal maintenance as well as the sexual and reproductive health rights of women.
FOMWAN also has representatives who sit on various human rights committees within the governments of their various states. The organization has various committees which are responsible for enacting several of the themes. The organization has employed various strategies to maintain an active position in decision-making. Such strategies include the use of structures such as an organization for Muslim women; formation of strategic alliances with other civil organizations; partnership with government; good working relationship irrespective of creed, establishment of branches across the nations and maintaining a strong national body.
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Furthermore, FOMWAN maintains its roles in human rights advocacy, ensuring the mainstreaming of gender, creating educational awareness, and accepting nominations into government boards. Recent developments have shown that women around the world make decisions that affect their lives, community, and society in general. It can be concluded that FOMWAN has used factors such as institutions, structures and their capabilities, successfully, to address economic and social changes within the Nigeria context.
Religion as a phenomenon which relegates women below men, has over the years hindered women from performing beyond the permitted scope.
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The organization has been able to transcend many of the limits carved by the patriarchal society and in so doing, contributed to placing women in the positions where their words matter. It has contributed to helping women from all spheres of life to come together, unite and fight against subjugation in various facets of the society. As Muslim women make leadership in-roads into all fields in Nigeria, they are learning to devise approaches in maintaining Islamic decorum and eliminating practices harmful to women Uthman, FOMWAN has been active in decision-making and the efforts of the organization have multiplied effects in Nigeria irrespective of the plurality of the Nigerian state.
Regardless of religious and ethnic factors, FOMWAN has cooperated with the government and contributed to decisions that positively affect Nigeria citizens. The organization has maintained a front-line position in ensuring that women participate actively and contribute positively to society. In addition, from the Standpoint theory perspective, FOMWAN has shown that knowledge is indeed embedded in the oppressed and marginalized groups such as women and such knowledge when effectively harnessed could foster societal development.
Despite FOMWAN's contributions and achievements in many facets of society, it is still limited by the patriarchal nature of traditional Nigerian society, as women are still being relegated to the lower rung of the society in some cases Uthman, The influence of religion on the interpretation of the roles of women in society, also limits the scope of the activities in which the members can participate.
While FOMWAN is bound by the dictates of the Islamic religion which recognizes the authority of men over women, the organization recognizes that the privileges of the males should not over-ride the God-given rights of females McGarvey, In addition, many of the activities of FOMWAN are dependent on the availability of funds because the organization relies heavily on donations and the available human resources. In order to contribute to the visibility of women in the decision-making process in Nigeria, this paper recommends that FOMWAN should:. Continue to maintain and encourage the coalition of women and other civil organizations, to ensure that women have one voice on political and governance matters in Nigeria.
Continue to use its links across all levels of society to coordinate support and advocate for fellow women aspirants. Facilitate and contribute to the elimination of factors such as poverty and other socio-economic inequalities, illiteracy, ignorance and gender-based violence, which limit the involvement of women in governance and politics. RS contributed immensely to the development of the first draft of the manuscript. OF's contribution is well acknowledged in the entire manuscript but mostly reflected in the sections on The Multi-ethnic Nature of the Nigerian State and Women and Decision-making: A Perspective from Nigeria.
OO-U developed the abstract and the section on Theoretical Perspective on Feminism and Decision-making, she also did the general review and revised the final version of the manuscript. The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
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