The Chairperson National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs Ladi Bala has called for collaborative effort to ensure women win the advocacy for 35% affirmation in governance.
Mrs Bala made the call in Abuja at a discourse tagged; Advancing women’s participation in governance and Decision Making in Nigeria.
The discourse, which brought together women advocacy groups, civil society organizations and women in the media, brainstormed on key issues that has been the major impediment for women active participation in governance.
Mrs Bala said women are multitasking, more compassionate and performed better when assigned responsibilities, urged necessary stakeholders to change the narrative from 4% representation of women in governance.
One of the organizers of the programme and member of the African press club, Ms Chichi Ahamba, urged the women to take note of politicians who usually undermine the power of women participation during election.
According to Ahamba “Nigeria is going into elections in less than a year (March 2023) The African to Press Club (TAPC) believes that this therefore, is a great time to mount pressure on politicians who usually count on women votes to win political seats. If the rejection of the bills is successfully upturned, this will send a message that women will no longer accept patriarchal systems that oppress them.”
Representative of a Civil Society Group, Mr Adekunle Taiwo, called on women to always support their fellow women to ensure they stand stronger in the advocacy fight for women inclusion in governance.
Reporting Florence Adewale; Editing by Fany Olumoye & Julian Osamoto