As Nigeria enters another election cycle in 2019, women have been urged to close ranks and become critical players in the nation’s electoral process, rather than being mere followers.
It is believed that this would ensure their proper political representation at all levels of governance.
This formed part of deliberations that dominated the media women forum (MWF) workshop on “Mobilising Women for Politics” held in Lagos.
Remi Sonaiya, ex-presidential aspirant of KOWA Party, said some men feel that having women in leadership positions will be achieved at their own expense, so that brings a certain degree of resistance.
She said women should rise above any form of discouragement and strive to make a difference.
Darcy Zotter, public affairs officer, U.S consulate general, gave an illuminating into the struggle of women in politics in the United States, the progress made over the years, and how this could influence women in politics in Nigeria.
“We recognise that first and foremost that women are not encouraged to run. More so Women rights is a human right,” she said.
Hajia Umoru, a frontline female politician, said women were not encouraged to aspire for leadership roles due to the absence of political will.
“Given the 35% affirmative action for women in Nigeria seems to be abandoned. The policy demands 35 percent involvement in all governance process,” she said.
Media Women Forum (MWF) was established to champion the cause of women, motivate them to be active agents of change in their communities and empower women.
The forum encourages government and individuals to take positive actions on issues affecting women.
It is largely made up of female media executives who hold decision making positions and seasoned broadcasters.