30% Affirmative Action: NGO urges increased gender-sensitive reportage
NNN: The Gender Strategy Advancement International (GSAI), a Non-Profit Organisation, has urged journalists to
increase reportage of women issues to achieve the 30 per cent affirmative action enshrined in the Beijing Plan of Action.
, if journalists are not gender-sensitive in their reportage.
The group made the call in a report released at a two-day capacity building workshop for Reporters and Editors of media
organisations on Thursday in Abuja.
The workshop was supported by MacArthur Foundation and the Wole Soyinka Investigative Centre for Journalism, under the
Collaborative Media Project.
In the report titled “Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria: A Baseline Report”, key findings from research it carried out
showed that women had been marginalised and gender issues had been under-reported.
It indicated that the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) found that only 36 women were
elected into the Nigerian Senate since 1999 when the current democratic dispensation started.
It added that “the Nigerian Senate has had 654 members since 1999, and men have had 618 slots, while women have
only 36 slots, giving a percentage of 5.5 per cent for women and 94.5 per cent for men.”
The report added that following political trends and happenings in the country, it had become clearer that decisive actions must be taken to end the menace.
It recommended that for gender equity to be achieved, there must be effective implementation of gender policies at the grassroots.
“Political parties should create a support network for prospective aspirants by pairing them with established women politicians who will be playing key role as mentors and
provide capacity building for young or aspiring female politicians to enhance and develop them ahead of subsequent elections.
“There should be mass coalition of women support and advocacy group using NGOs and grassroots women associations to coordinate, support and
advocate for fellow women aspirants.
“There should be an enabling environment that allows women to engage meaningfully in decision making process in a sustainable and effective way that is free from violence and
harassments of any kind, while legal funds are established to assist women politicians to challenge electoral malpractices of any form at all levels of political processes.
“Quota system should be introduced at all levels of government and Identify and engage relevant stakeholders such as Independent National Electoral Commission and political parties to ensure strict adherence,” the report added.
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