PRESIDENT, Women Arise
for Change Initiative, Dr Joe
Okei-Odumakin, has called on
politicians in the country to stop
using women as cheering crowd
or supporters’ club, instead
they should be included in
decision making process in our
democracy.
Odumakin, made the remarks
in a two-day workshop for
Community Women and women
Political Aspirants for Osun, Ekiti
and Ondo States, held at delights
hotel and suites, Ilawe road, in
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
According to her, in most
societies, women constitute
50 percent of the population,
forming a critical mass in societal
mobilisation and direction.
She condemned a situation,
especially in Africa, where
women are denied access to
government decision-making
and political processes.
“it is observed that Nigerian
women, over the years, have
not fully involved themselves
in the political space despite
constitutional provisions that
give them rights to political
participation.”
In his speech at the workshop,
the new president, Campaign
for Democracy, CD, Comrade
Usman Bako, charged women in
the country to rally round fellow
women seeking elective posts to
be able to build a virile society.
Bako, who described women
involvement in political
participation as very low in
the country, called on them to
participate fully in realising their
potentials to the full.
Speaker, Ekiti State House of
Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, also
urged women to develop strong
constituencies that demonstrate
their legitimacy and network
with both men and women to
strengthen their positions and
protect their interests.
Oluwawole, called for a
strategic action plan that seeks to
address the barriers to elected or
appointed women’s performance,
discrimination and stereotyping.


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