A member of the House of Representatives, Mrs Taiwo Oluga has identified Violence, patriarchy, stigmatization, low education, and finance, cultural and religious barriers as factors hindering women participation in politics.
Mrs Oluga stressed the need for government to create conducive environment that would encourage woman participation in the 2023 general elections
Mrs Oluga stated this in Abuja at a news conference by the 9th assembly of women in parliament with the theme, ‘Women’s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections’.
Mrs Oluga said Nigeria has the lowest number of active women in politics in Africa called for more actions to encourage more women participation in politics.
She said statistics released by INEC ahead of the 2023 Senate elections, indicates that out of the 1,101 candidates contesting for 109 seats, only 92 are women, while 1,009 are men, adding that the women represent only about 8% of Senate contestants.
“It is interesting to note that Kano State, Sokoto State, Taraba State, Yobe State and Zamfara State do not have a single female candidate nominated for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections next year. The Implication of this is that, even before next year’s elections in Nigeria, it is crystal clear that 13.5 percent of States will not have women in Elective offices in their National Assemblies.’
“The question is, of the less than 8% women nominated for elective offices in 2023, how many women would emerge victorious at the General Elections? The point is that even if all these women win their elections, the figure remains very low and a cause for serious concern and action.”
The women in parliament said they would continue to collaborate with development partners, traditional institutions and the media to accelerate advocacy and funding of women for economic and political empowerment.
They equally encouraged Nigerians to vote for women massively in the 2023 general elections, stressing that growth and development would be fast achieved with women involvement.
Member representing Okigwe North Federal Constituency, Imo State, Mariam Odinaka Onuoha, and member representing Oluyola Fed. onstituency of Oyo State and member representing Remo federal constituency Ogun State, Adewunmi Onunuga were among those who made a case for the inclusion of women in politics and urged women to stop the pull down syndrome and support each other.
Reporting by Yosi Ardel editing by Daniel