Con­sider women as run­ning mates, Ita-Giwa tells gu­ber can­di­dates

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

A for­mer Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on Na­tional Assem­bly Mat­ters, Sen­a­tor Florence Ita-Giwa, yes­ter­day kicked off cam­paign for more women rep­re­sen­ta­tion in gov­er­nance, say­ing only po­lit­i­cal par­ties with pro­por­tional women rep­re­sen­ta­tion would se­cure the votes of women in 2019.

In a cam­paign tagged, “No Woman, No Vote”, Ita-Giwa who was the con­vener along­side many women ac­tivists and Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions in La­gos to de­mand for deputy gov­er­nor­ship slots for women, said the po­lit­i­cal space must be widened to ac­com­mo­date more women.

“We want those who have just got­ten their nom­i­na­tion as gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dates to pick women as their Deputies”, ItaGiwa said at the oc­ca­sion to mark the In­ter­na­tional Day of the girl child.

Ac­cord­ing to her, it is high time Nige­ria cre­ated space for women and the girl-child to se­cure their fu­ture and end the present state of hope­less­ness of Nige­rian women.

Ita-Giwa be­moaned the seem­ing lack of hope for women, say­ing, “There is hope­less­ness for the girl-child and it is this hope­less­ness that is push­ing them to go to Italy or Libya and be­come sex slaves”.

She said the cam­paign was not about any po­lit­i­cal party, point­ing out that any party that meets the yearn­ing and as­pi­ra­tion of women would be sup­ported dur­ing the elec­tion.

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