Women decry low inclusion in governance
Chairperson , Nigeria League of Women Voters (NILOWV), Benue State, Mrs. Irene Awunah-Ikyegh, has decried the low inclusion of women in governance in Nigeria in general and the state in particular.
Awunah-Ikyegh stated this, yesterday, at a stakeholders’ consultative forum on women inclusion and effective Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by NILOWV with support from Palladium and USAID-Scale in Makurdi.
She pointed out that the more women are included at all levels of leadership and decision making, the better developmental gains for states and nations. However, she lamented that the statistics of women inclusion remained abysmal in Benue and Nigeria.
“For instance, only eight of the 45 members of the federal cabinet are women, representing 17.8 per cent, which is a far cry from the minimum 35 per cent as enshrined in the Nigerian National Gender Policy.”
“In Benue, of the 30 members of the 10th House of Assembly, only two are women representing 6.67 per cent. Out of the 54 cabinet members of the state comprising commissioners, special advisers and senior special assistants, only nine are women representing 16.76 per cent,” Awunah-Ikyegh lamented.
Commending Palladium, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners on the SCALE Project in driving advocacy for better effective response to SGBV, she stressed that researches showed women as key actors in early warning and response to violent conflicts
With more women in leadership positions, communities can witness an end to SGBV, she added. In their separate goodwill messages, the Chairman, Benue Non-Governmental Organisations Network (BENGONET), Lazarus Mom and Management Staff, Civil Society Organisation in Benue, Mr. Onah Adeyi, also commended Palladium, USAID and NILOWV for their brilliant interventions aimed at tackling SGBV and increasing women inclusion in governance.
Also, Ms Jemimah Yaji, who is living with disability, expressed joy that the organisers recognised them, stressing that they hoped for a better future of women inclusiveness in governance.
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