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Women’s inclusion in politics is critical to National development

The Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu is urging all men to take action to protect women from extinction in politics in Nigeria.
He noted that the challenges faced by women who contested in the past primaries is quite cumbersome.
He made the disclosure at a stakeholders consultative meeting on women’s participation in elections support bill in Abuja.
According to the Executive Secretary, there is need to strengthen the advocacy for the enactment into law of the Women Participation in Elective Office Support Bill 2018.
He stated that the bill Prescribes women’s quota for elections into the Senate, House of Representatives, State House of Assembly and Area Council of the Federal Capital territory.
“The bill will increase women’s participation and representation in certain electives offices and other related matters.”
He further added that the bill is anchored on the right of women, and will help in shaping the political landscape for women.
She also emphasized that the enactment of the bill into law will lead to the achievement of Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development.
The UNDP Governance Lead, Onyinye Ndubuisi harped on the fact that the enactment of the bill will bring economical and social gain to the populace.
“The bill will turn around the situation of the country. It will ensure that the country gets to the next level in all ramifications”.
While speaking on the forthcoming 2019 elections, she stressed the need to have a legal framework that will ensure that all measures is put in place to have a free and fair elections.
“We noticed that a large number of women has been disenfranchised at the primary level”, she added.
The UNDP Representative enjoined women to be united so as to ensure that the women’s participation in elections support bill comes into limelight.
The UN Women Country representative who was represented by Mr Lawson noted that the indices about women’s participation in politics in Nigeria is not encouraging at all.
He also hinted that countries where equal opportunities are given to women tend to perform better in all sectors of the economy.
“If some other countries are making moves to perform better everyday. Nigeria should not be left behind in making the necessary adjustment”.
“Poverty has become the face of women in the country. The women are not being carried along . We need to change the narrative.”

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