President WAVE foundation Mrs Lola Ibrahim, Deputy Director Gender and Inclusivity Department, INEC, Mrs Osuji Chika, with other participants. Photo: Azizatu Sani
A community advocacy sensitising women on their human and civic rights as a measure to address gender-based violence has been set in motion by the government and non-governmental organisations.
The campaign is also designed to increase women’s participation in elections and other political processes.
The Deputy Director, Gender and Inclusivity Department of the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), Osuji Chika, addressed a community stakeholders’ workshop and sensitisation at Mpape community of the FCT.
Mrs Chika told the workshop, organised by a non-governmental organisation, Women Against Violence and Exploitation (WAVE) Foundation, that it was fundamental to educate women at the community and grassroots levels on the importance of political participation in curbing gender-based violence.
It was also important to ensure gender equality through women’s representation in governance, she told her audience.
“This segment of the people in the society are usually disenfranchised when it comes to political appointment and elective positions in the system,” the INEC official observed.
“From the registration we have recorded a huge number of women. If in the same vein they go collect their PVC and then turn out during election, they can make informed decision,” she added.
President, WAVE Foundation, Lola Ibrahim, noted that most votes during elections came from the grassroots and women. At that level, Mrs Ibrahim said, women should be made to appreciate their numerical strength, which has always determined the outcome of elections.
Councillor Representing Wuse Ward under Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mathias Aliu, said the awareness campaign was vital in educating women in Mpape district on their sexual and civic right, in order to enable them make inform decision both in their domestic and public lives.
Reporting by Azizatu Sani; editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor