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Mrs Fayemi advocates for more women in governance says they can do it  



) A Panelist of Women at the launch of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) in Abuja on Monday says Nigerian women are qualified and good enough to hold political and others positions in the country.

The First Lady of Ekiti, Erelu Fayemi  while moderating the panel tagged The Transformation Women Want :Galvanising for a Common Agenda said the result of the 2019 elections was extremely disappointing.

Fayemi said that if Nigeria must succeed, women inclusion is necessary adding that governance without women is like clapping with one hand which is impossible.

“So if there is any country in the world that is expecting to achieve all the development goals without the  full and equal participation of women such a country is trying to clap with one hand and it is not going to be possible .

“The key to addressing the social, economic and so on challenges that we face is the empowerment of women and girls.

“We now have lower women in governance about 4 per cent in national assembly where as in Rwanda and other countries women participation is increasing.

“What kind of future are we going to have if women do not have a voice in the country? So I hope that AWLN will help in engaging in advocacies for the implementation of laws and other things to benefit the Nigerian woman,’’ she said.

Mrs Aisha Dukku, a member of House of Representative from Gombe state said that men always listen to women and urged them  to grab that opportunity and build on it.

Dukku also called on women to go back home and build structures urging them not depend on structures that have been built by men.

“Go to the political parties and be part  of it all, where they are bringing their  executives from  wards from units be there and bring your own ward and units executives,” she said.

Dukku advised women to connect with their  people from the grassroots because  if there is no connectivity between them they won’t go far.

She called for legislations that would give women advantages governance and political sphere adding that a percentage for women participation in politics would make a difference.

Dr Joy Onyesoh, National Coordinator, Women Situation Room, Nigeria said that women needed to be clear on what they wanted and to demand for it.

Onyesoh said that there is also need for women to groom each of other across generations creating a synergy of mentorship to help women get better equipped for leadership.

“This will help to have a culture like a relay passing the baton from one generation to another,’’ she said

Prof. Joy Ezeilo , Dean of Law ,University of Nigeria, Nsukka   said that it has been  100 years since Nigeria came into existence and 100 years down the line women’s participation is still low.

Ezeilo said that a country like Nigeria with federal character should get to where gender would matter  and where gender would be an indices for that federal character.

“We cannot have a Nigeria where women don’t matter because women matters, all we are saying is to reinforce our demand in a very clear manner that  no women no nation,’’ she said.

she said that women’s inclusion is  about  the right to participation in the governance of their country ,its about social justice and the principle of equality .

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