National Assembly Women Clamour for More Elective Positions

National Assembly Women Clamour for More Elective Positions

Armed to the teeth; not with guns, bows, and arrows, but with beauty, brain and logic, the 9th National Assembly women in Parliament on Monday spoke from their hearts on women’s political participation and inclusion and the 2023 general elections. Hon. Taiwo Olukemi Oluga, Chairman, 9th House committee on women in Parliament who read a

Armed to the teeth; not with guns, bows, and arrows, but with beauty, brain and logic, the 9th National Assembly women in Parliament on Monday spoke from their hearts on women’s political participation and inclusion and the 2023 general elections.

Hon. Taiwo Olukemi Oluga, Chairman, 9th House committee on women in Parliament who read a four-page address was supported by Hon. Princess M. Ononha, Hon. Tolu Sadipe Akande and Hon. Onanuga Adeyomi.

From Left to right Hon Princess M Ononha, Hon Tolu Sadipe Akande, Hon Taiwo Olukemi Oluga and Hon Onanuga Adeyomi

“The House Committee on Women in Parliament shall forthwith step up it’s activities with Development Partners,Non – Governmental Organizations, Religious Institutions and Traditional Institutions on the need to discourage religious beliefs, cultural practices that discourage women political participation in Nigeria,” Hon. Oluga stressed.

She added; “Also, efforts shall be directed to increase synergy with NGOs and deployment of Social Media to accelerate advocacy and funding of Women Economic and Political Causes”.

“We hereby encourage the Nigerian electorate to vote for women enmasse in the forthcoming elections, because women are more humane and feel the purse of their children the most. Women and children, being the worst hit by terrorism, insecurity and poverty, are in a better position in proffering enduring solutions to these societal scourges,” she said. Hon. Oluga said.

The women in Parliament identified seven challenges affecting women participation in politics in Nigeria to include patriarchy, stigmatisation, low level of education and meeting schedules.

Others are financing and lack of economic empowerment, political violence and cultural and religious barriers.

Hon. Oluga who lamented the low number of women who are currently nominated by various political parties and vying for elective offices in the 2023 general elections said the figure in the current Assembly might worsen if drastic steps are not taken immediately.

Her words:” Before the last Primary elections, Nigeria ranked amongst the lowest number of women participation in governance in Africa, with about 6.2% of National parliamentarians being women.

” The average number of women who emerged as nominated after the Presidential and National Assembly primaries of various political parties is less than 8% (381women were nominated across all the political parties out of 4,259 nominated aspirants in the 2023 elections), depicting that the number of women participation in politics or contesting elective offices is on a steady decline since 2015.

“For 2023 Senate elections, out of the 1,101 candidates contesting for 109 seats, only 92 are women, whilst 1,009 are men and the women represent only 8% of Senate contestants. Amongst the nominated Candidates across all political parties for the House of Representatives elections next year,288 women are contesting House of Representatives elections out of 3,122 aspirants for House of Representatives.

“The question is, of the less than 8%women nominated for elective offices in 2023, how many women would emerge victorious at the general elections, “she stressed.

Hon. Oluga lamented that Kano, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states do not have a female candidate nominated for the Presidential and National Assembly elections next year adding that only Allied Peoples Movement (APM) fielded a female Presidential Candidate.

Responding to a question on whether it would not be better to form a female
only political party to champion the cause of women all the four female parliamentarians disagreed.

Arguing that the constitution does not allow for discrimination over sex, they said it is not about creating a female political party but about creating a gender alternate seat.

In her welcome address, Ms Mutilat Fijabi of the Women Trust Fund said;”women’s inclusion is a serious business that requires the support of all stakeholders”.

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