2023: Group begins campaign to increase women participation in politics
African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) has identified early planning and grassroots mobilisation as critical to achieving inclusive governance and women participation in politics in Nigeria.
The group disclosed this, yesterday, during an awareness walk to sensitise and map out ways for more women participation in governance. The women expressed determination to tackle the issue headlong through reviewing issues surrounding low participation of women in the nation’s development.
AWLO Coordinator, Nanneh Kemte-Giadom implored women to always be part of political process, as inactive participation in politics should be discouraged among women.She said: “We have discovered that a lot of women are not involved in decision making. They are not so involved in creating and crafting policies that tend to guide our future and we need to change that.
“They don’t necessarily have to be a Senator or President. We must start from the grassroots and get more involved in the policies that shape the economy of this country. This way, we can move forward and change things, instead of sitting back at home complaining.” Kemte-Giadom also said the group had embarked on similar campaign in other parts of the country to sensitise women on the importance of getting involved to enhance women’s development.
Founder, Emerge Women, Mary Ikoku, who decried low participation of women in politics, urged women to press forward, challenge stereotypes and question old practices that are not women-friendly.