Hajia Hadiza Kolo, the Coordinator of the group, made the appeal on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Kolo said women contributed greater percentage of the voting population in Nigeria, hence the need for government and stakeholders to involve them in decision-making bodies was necessary.
She said women should have a major role to play in governance, to restore their pride and dignity and encourage societal norms and values for nation building and development.
“We need adequate involvement of women in politics and if it is not possible it can be negotiated, because the 35 per cent Beijing declaration for women participation in politics has not been achieved.
“EWIP is a worldwide affair with a political undertone and our message is to also encourage women to go into politics and contest into elective positions to encourage equal representation.
“I think we have achieved about 28 per cent, that is still a long way to go and I am seeing a world where women are included 50-50 in making decisions worldwide,” she said.
According to her, the Beijing declaration that proposes 35 per cent participation of women in politics has not been achieved, adding that there is need for equal participation of women in decision making worldwide.
She explained that EWIP is an organisation that seeks to mitigate violence against women during elections and encourage participation of women in politics in the country.
The coordinator maintained that every woman needed to be trained to become prospective leaders in the society, adding that massive advocacy and sensitisation can positively influence women participation in politics.
“Women account for a substantial proportion of the agricultural labour force and perform the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work within families and households in rural areas.
“They make significant contributions to agricultural production, food security and nutrition, land and natural resource management and building climate resilience,” she said.
Kolo, however, advised government at all levels and organisations to provide and support women with the platforms to voice their opinions and ideas for women and effective participation in leadership roles.
Besides, she called on women in the country to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and take advantage of their numerical strength, education and global democratic trend to find a space in politics.
“Lets make a change, get your PVC, your voices can be heard without shouting, just your appearance is your voice, standing on the line is your voice and supporting someone is your voice.
“My advice for women is to come out, get involved in politics and have a voice by getting into leadership, at least 50 per cent involvement into political offices,” she said.