IMS calls for increased capacity building, deepened political participation of women
Institute for Media and Society (IMS) has called on stakeholders to commit to taking action to promote increased capacity building on digital literacy and deepened political participation of women to strengthen democracy and development in Nigeria.
This call was made in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD), a day set aside to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women, and encourage people to speak out against discrimination based on gender and build an inclusive society.
The theme for this year is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.’ This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the United Nation on the Status of Women (CSW-67) – ‘Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.’
IMS notes that this day is particularly significant in Nigeria because the history of the nation can only be completed with reference to meaningful contributions of strong, tenacious and goal-getting women who have enhanced development of the country.
According to a statement by Executive Director of the Institute, Dr. Akin Akingbulu, “it is on record that Nigerian women have continued to perform actively in all areas of national life and turn out accomplishments which deserve to be honoured all the time.
“As we celebrate women in Nigeria and the world over, we also want to acknowledge challenges that still need to be addressed, so that women will be able to realise their full potentials and take their contributions to greater heights.
“Women are still under-represented in politics. The statistics of women in elective and appointive positions in Nigeria sufficiently indicates a far cry from expectations. Barriers are stacked against women within political parties and in the electoral process.
“We use this occasion to call on all stakeholders, state and non-state actors, to renew commitment towards addressing under-representation of women in political and public offices.”