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Election: Group Canvasses Support For Women Vying For Political Offices


By Justina Auta

100 Women Lobby Group has called for more support to women vying for
various political positions in the forthcoming general elections.

The National Coordinator of the group, Felicia Onibon, made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, emphasising the need for women’s participation in elections, electoral integrity and accountability.

She encouraged citizens who have their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and to endeavour to go out and vote on election day for women and persons who would support women in their politically held positions of leadership.

Onibon said there is a wide gender gap between men and women in political representation, economic management, education and leadership, lamenting that women are disproportionately excluded from issues that affect them.

According to her, the forthcoming general elections is an opportunity to elect leaders that will advance development, gender equality and women empowerment.She stressed the need for women to work together to empower themselves and expand opportunities in politics, businesses
and beyond.

The coordinator said “we must back up our results with resources because we know investment in gender equity yields returns across society.
“We must come out in our numbers and support women who are contesting elections, and in cases where there is no woman
for a particular seat, please support the men that will have women’s interest and work toward fulfilling these interests.

“I want to encourage Nigerian women not to be dismayed by recent occurrences, instead, let these occurrences be a motivation to demand the changes we desire for Nigeria in the coming elections.

“Women`s voice and full participation is central to enhancing societal development. It is my firm conviction that women must
be involved in decision making at all levels and strategic directions toward a better world.”

Mrs Victoria Lar, the Assistant Director, Women Development Department at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, urged women
to endeavour to go cast their votes and vote in the right candidates that will bring the needed change.

Similarly, Ms Grace Jerry of Inclusive Friends, lamented what she described as “excrutiating effects of the CBN policy and fuel scarcity on women with disabilities.”

She, however, urged women not to be discouraged but participate in the forthcoming election by voting credible persons. (NAN)

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