Women urged to en­gage ac­tively in pol­i­tics

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Mau­reen Onochie

Nige­rian women have been urged to en­gage ac­tively in pol­i­tics, peace­build­ing and con­flict preven­tion.

The call was made in Abuja yes­ter­day by the Head ECOWAS Li­ai­son Of­fice at the African Union, Ha­jiya Ra­heemat Mo­modu, dur­ing a one day stake­hold­ers di­a­logue on the ‘The Nigeria Woman: Cit­i­zen­ship En­gage­ment in Democ­racy, Peace­build­ing and Con­flict preven­tion’’, or­gan­ised by Dukes Transna­tional Care Ini­tia­tive.

She ad­mon­ished women for not or­gan­is­ing them­selves in a strate­gic man­ner for their po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage and told them to setup a po­lit­i­cal plat­form to en­able them ar­tic­u­late their thoughts and plans.

She fur­ther ad­vised women to em­brace the men­tor­ing process, where fe­male in­terns are at­tached to fe­male leg­is­la­tors or top pub­lic of­fi­cers, so that they learn and are en­cour­aged to par­take in gov­er­nance.

Also speak­ing, Ha­jiya Ju­mai Ah­madu, Head, FCTA’s Call Cen­tre, de­scribed the at­ti­tudes of women to­wards them­selves prob­lem fac­ing them.

She won­dered why women with such a high pop­u­la­tion fig­ure have few mem­bers oc­cu­py­ing po­lit­i­cal of­fices and urged them to come to­gether and par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in gov­ern­ment.

Pro­fes­sor Ade­bayo Olukoshi, Direc­tor, Africa and West Asia Pro­gramme, In­ter­na­tional IDEA, called on Nige­rian women to take ex­am­ple from their coun­ter­parts in Swe­den by be­ing ac­tively in­volved the coun­try’s demo­cratic process as the main

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Coun­try Direc­tor of Africare, Dr Orode Do­herty (left), ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants, at the “Up­grade to Gas” Com­mu­nity-based aware­ness cam­paign in Bwari FCT Abuja yes­ter­day.

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