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Group reiterate call for women participation in politics

Participants at the training on Gender-sensitive reporting in Nigeria

The Media has been urged to identify women who are active in Politics and encourage them through adequate reportage of their political activities.

The Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Women Radio, Mrs. Toun Okewale-Sonaiya stated this in Calabar, Cross River State during two-day training on Gender-sensitive reporting in Nigeria.

Mrs. Okewale-Sonaiya said giving voice to women politicians would give many other women the opportunity to come out and contribute their quota to nation-building.

Presenting a Paper entitled ‘’Understanding Quality Media Reporting in the Promotion of Women Political Participation’’, Mrs Okewale-Sonaiya said that thirty-five affirmative actions would be easily achieved with more women’s participation in politics.

The Chief of Party, National Democratic Institute, NDI, Dr Stephen Snook urged stakeholders to make policies that would encourage women’s Political Participation.

Presenting another paper entitled ‘’Gender Disinformation in Nigeria’’, the senior program Officer, Center for Democracy and Development, CDD, Mr Austin Aigbe urged the Media to always bring to the limelight the strength of Women Politicians rather than their weaknesses.

He expressed regret that some cultural and religious practices inhibit women’s participation in politics.

The President, Women in Politics Forum, Ebele Ifendu urged more women to come out and contribute their quota through Political Participation.

She also appealed to the Media Owners to create women’s desks in their offices that would take care of issues concerning women and girl child.

Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo, editing by Daniel Adejo