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Women politicians call for an end to marginalization of women

Grace Okon
The Northern women in politics president, Hajia Sa’adatu  Abdullahi and the SDP National Welfare Secretary has called for an end to the marginalization of women in politics.
She stated this during the league of women voters of Nigeria program in Abuja.
Hajia Sa’adatu added that the political terrain is no longer favourable to women.
“As the 2023 general election is fast approaching and every contender is putting up strategies to win  political office, we wonder what are the chances of women going for political office like their ordinary counterpart.”
“This regime did not help matters in the actualization of the 35% affirmative action nor the representation of women in appointment not to talk about an elective position. We want women to gain power in the political sector to be able to penetrate the system.”
Hajia Sa’adatu further added that Political affirmation is very crucial for women.
“We need to be supported to fulfil our political dream. Women need to be empowered and financially buoyant to take part in politics. For those already in politics, we need to support each other’s dreams and visions. Some women when they are allowed to serve even change their character “.
Speaking at the event  NILOWV FCT chairperson, Mrs Marie Enegwea who was represented by the NILOWV publicity secretary Mrs Laide Adekunle said there has been a decline in women’s participation in politics and leadership positions.
” The  9th NASS have reinforced  the discrimination and political bias against women as enshrined in the 1999 constitution by denying citizenship to a foreign-born husband of a Nigerian woman while it allows Nigerian men’s foreign-born wife to be awarded automatic citizenship’.”
“Denying Nigerian women indigeneity  through marriage, denying 35% appointed position for women settling for 20%, denying women affirmative action in party administration and leadership, and denying specific seats for women in the National Assembly”
She further highlighted that presently in the country of over  200 million people, with 469 lawmakers in the National Assembly, elected from all the 36 States of the federation and the FCT, only 18  women are in the National assembly.
 APM treasurer Mrs Rose Gyan said that there is a need to call for women’s education on INEC electoral process.
“We should become political leaders in our various political parties and we should be more strategic in the sustainable mechanism.
For us to get the right feedback, we need to do the right thing”.

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