A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO),Evolving Women In Politics (EWIP), has called for adequate involvement and conducive environment for women participation in politics.
The Vice President of the organisation Abuja branch, Mrs Raliat Abdulsalam, made the call in Abuja at the first ‘Meet and Greet’ conference organised by the group.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that EWIP is an organisation that seeks to mitigate violence against women during elections and encourage participation of women in politics in the country.
Abdulsalam said that women should register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and take advantage of their numerical strength, education and global democratic trend to find a space in politics.
“Get your PVC please, educate all around you, women, children and even men alike because we cannot be here without the men behind us and we must put intelligent men to support us.
“So, educate all around you to register, get your PVC so that your vote will count; If I want to run now, how do I tell myself that EWIP is behind me when 80 or 90 per cent of members have no voters card.
“Lets make a change, we don’t have to carry placards, get your PVC, your voices can be heard without shouting, just your appearance is your voice, standing on the line is your voice and supporting someone is your voice,” she said.
She called on the National Assembly to bring to fore laws that guarantee women political participation in Nigeria and Laws that protect the dignity of women from all forms of violence before, during and after the elections.
However, the vice president maintained that the participation of more women in the running of affairs of the nation would encourage sound decision-making and national development of the country.
Mrs Hadiza Kolo, the coordinator of the group, said that the organisation was also aimed at sensitising women on the need to participate in politics and the process of voting during elections.
Kolo called for the implementation of the 35 per cent affirmation for women as contained in the Beijing declaration to encourage women participation in politics.
“Women in politics work across party lines, even in the most politically combative environments, and champion issues such as gender equality and laws that strengthen communities and generations to come.
“An increased number of skilled and knowledgeable women can promote gender equality in leadership roles and decision making in every sector of the economy, and at all levels with adequate support.
“We want political parties to support more women in politics to take up leadership roles to empower them to become an active citizen,” she said.
On her part, Mrs Oluwatoyin George-Tailor, a member of the organisation called on women to participate in politics and not to be discouraged by the challenges associated with elections in the country.
George-Tailor said that every woman needed to be trained to become prospective leaders in the society adding that massive advocacy and sensitisation could positively influence women participation in politics.
“We are calling on our government, from the national level to the local level to support women in becoming an active part of governance and development of our nation.
“This can also increase the numbers of articulate women who are capable of speaking out, raising women’s demands, and participating in promoting women as agents of change in our present day Nigeria,” she said.
According to her, it is important to encourage women to support each other in order to individually and collectively work together to achieve gender equality in leadership roles.
She, however, advised government at all levels and organisations to provide and support women with the platforms to voice their opinions and ideas for women’s full and effective participation in leadership roles. (NAN)
Afreximbank’s Kanayo Awani makes Nigeria Women Annual’s “100 Leading Women” list
The Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative Division, Mrs. Kanayo Awani, has been named among the 100 outstanding women leaders in Nigeria, according to the list published in the 2022 edition of Nigeria Women Annual: 100 Leading Women.
Mrs. Awani’s listing acknowledges her distinguished career and contributions to the development of society.
As Managing Director, Mrs. Awani currently leads the Bank’s efforts in implementing its intra-African trade and industrialisation strategies.
A statement by the bank said she successfully led Afreximbank’s engagement in support of the establishment and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and was the arrowhead for the introduction and organization of the biennial Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), which has delivered trade and investment deals valued at over US$70 billion.
She previously led Afreximbank’s Trade Finance and Branches Department from 2009 to 2016, growing it into the Bank’s most profitable department which accounted for over 80 percent of its loan book.
Mrs. Awani is also the Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of Factors Chain International (FCI), a global factoring association.
“The Nigeria Women Annual: 100 Leading Women” is the premier qualitative profiling of phenomenal women who have contributed to the development of Nigeria and the world.
A gender-specific biographical compendium, it responds to existing gender gaps in Nigeria’s biographical documentation and leadership and, in 2022, focused on the most inspirational and influential women whose work contributed to shaping Nigeria’s collective history during the year.
This year’s list includes technology experts, politicians, teachers, activists, development practitioners, C-Suite corporate leaders, and other notable women.
Gender Bills: Women should not lose hope on their demands – Senate President
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has advised women not to lose hope on their demands for legislations on gender related matters.
Lawan spoke in Agasa in Kogi State on Thursday against the backdrop of some gender related bills that recently failed to scale through at the National Assembly in the ongoing review being carried out on the 1999 Constitution.
Senate President made a strong case for education of the girl child shortly before he commissioned a 600 capacity JAMB CBT Centre which was facilitated by Senator Yakubu Oseni who is representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.
“I know somebody will say gender bills have failed in the National Assembly. That is democracy. Let’s continue to lobby.
“We should continue to lobby because nobody will like to undermine anybody. Let’s not lose hope.
“Every male member in the National Assembly is a “He for She” because I don’t think there is anybody who is not married in the National Assembly.
“We will continue to work together with gender based organisations especially those that genuinely want to engage with members of the National Assembly because if you are not able to get something, if there is a failure, we should make it a political capital that tomorrow, we say, you were not able to do it yesterday, can you do it today. That will help us in ensuring that we get some of these hurdles out of the way.
“Most of us have our daughters as well. So we know that everybody is one way or the other connected to this struggle but we should not lose hope,” Lawan said.
Gender Bills: Nigerian Women Continue Protest At NASS For Fifth Day
Women under various groups on Thursday continued their protest at the National Assembly gate.
For the fifth day, the women gathered early morning at the National Assembly demanding that lawmakers rescind their decision over rejection of five gender bills in the process of amendment of 1999 constitution.
The protest by the women drawn from various groups started on Wednesday, March 2, and members of the House of Representatives in reaction to their demands, on Tuesday, March 8, rescinded their decision on three of the gender bills.
The women, however, continued the protest demanding the members of the Senate join their House of Representatives in re-visiting the bills.
They also want approval for all the five gender bills.
Among other demands, the women want specific seats in the National Assembly, indigeneship of their husband’s state after five years of being together, and 35% affirmative action for women.
They insist that they will continue to picket the gate of the National Assembly till all their demands are met.
They also threatened to vote out the lawmakers who voted against women in the constitutional review.
They demand that the voting pattern for those bills be released to them so they can mobilse women at all levels of government to vote out the lawmakers who they say took a stand against Nigerian women at the constitutional review.
The groups gathered for the protest include the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWA), Women Organisation for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Women In Business (WIMBIZ), Action Aid, Yiaga Africa, the Islamic Youth League, among others.
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