In the dynamic landscape of promoting women’s leadership, the Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN) has been a beacon of change. Founded in 2018 as a non-profit organization, WILAN is dedicated to catalyzing women’s leadership advancement across political, economic, and public spheres in Nigeria.
At WILAN, one of our flagship programmes is “The Leading Woman Show, is a talk-show focused on diverse issues related to achieving gender-balanced leadership that aims to influence the perception people have of women as leaders.
Season 1: The Election Series
The show launched its debut season in 2022 and was tagged the Election Series ahead of the 2023 general elections. The show was a pioneer in focusing on the intersection of women and politics.
With support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the series aimed to shape public perceptions of the critical role of women’s leadership in the nation’s development. Covering topics from the hurdles of political involvement to challenging stereotypes, the show brought together influential figures, including legal practitioners, presidential aspirants, media personalities, and human rights activists.
Our goal was clear: to address the deep-rooted issue of women’s underrepresentation in politics and leadership. You can binge-watch the entire season one here
Season 2 and Its Focus: Governance Series
Following the success of Season 1, we are excited to announce the return of our insightful talk show, “The Leading Woman Show: Governance Series.” The show premiered on January 14th, 2024, and airs every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Channels Television. This season takes a deep dive into women in governance and the persistent barriers hindering the ascent of women in governance in not just Nigeria but also Africa.
What Episode 1 and 2 Have Covered So Far
In the initial episodes of Season 2, the Governance Series has already set an engaging tone. With a lineup featuring renowned figures like Fabia Ogunmekan and Samson Itodo, Pastor Godman Akinlabi, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Dr. Esther Longe, Dr. Tochukwu Macfoy, Dr. Akin Akinpelu, and Mrs. Rizqah Sodique-Lasaki so far in episodes one and two, the Governance Series seeks to deliver a compelling narrative surrounding the underrepresentation of women in leadership across sectors.
Episode 1 explored the complexities surrounding patriarchy and women’s leadership, shedding light on the challenges faced by women in society. Episode 2 delved into how religion affects or enables women in governance, highlighting inspiring stories that challenge stereotypes and demonstrate the indispensable role of women in various sectors. Each episode acts as a stepping stone, building a narrative that advocates for increased female representation within the Nigerian political system
Where to watch The Leading Woman Show
You can watch “The Leading Woman Show: Governance Series” on Channels TV (DStv Ch. 420 and GOtv Ch. 48) every Sunday at 6.30 p.m. To enjoy the full, uncut episodes, you can subscribe to and watch live streams on the WILAN Global YouTube channel.
As we unfold every episode in Season 2, let us collectively embrace and support the vision of a Nigeria where every woman, has equal access to opportunities for leadership across every sector of public life. Follow us on social media; LinkedIn and Instagram for updates on the show and be part of the movement reshaping the future of women’s leadership in Nigeria.
Together, let us amplify the voices of women in governance and inspire change!