2 Hajiya Lami Adamu Lau, the National President of NCWS said this when she led a delegation of NCWS national executives and other members to visit the People’s Democratic Party National Chairman in Abuja.
4 She said the visit was part of the council’s ongoing advocay to political parties to seek ways of working together to strengthen the country’s democracy.
5 “A truly egalitarian nation is possible when we embrace our differences and give every Nigerian a sense of belonging, irrespective of gender and other mundane considerations,’’ she said.
6 She called for the adoption of the tenets of true democratic principles as a guide to all party decisions and actions.
7 Lau said Nigerian women had continued to register poor representation in politics and leadership in spite of the huge numerical strength and various national, international legal instruments on gender inclusion and mainstreaming.
8 According to her, in the history of Nigeria’s democratic rule, women have not attained up to 11per cent representation in both elective and appointive positions.
9 “Thus denying the huge population of capable and credible women with robust credentials and sound moral values the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the economic development of our dear nation.
10 “Political parties play very key roles in leadership selection in any democratic system.
11 “Our visit today is predicated on the need to collaborate with growth driven institutions, and visionary leadership, who share progressive ideals for true democracy, equity and social justice,’’ she said.
12 Lau noted that the National Assembly recently rejected five gender bills, adding that these representatives were from various parties and their act was at variance to their party ideology.
13 ”Women have continued to experience subtle discrimination, bias and stereotyping within the party leadership structures.
15 ”None of the major parties live up to the recommendation of the 2008 Electoral Reform Committee of 20 per cent of women in governing boards of political parties,” she said.
16 Lau said that this discrimination had kept women at the bottom level of the party hierarchy and outside of the circles where decisions were being made on candidate nomination and selection.
19 “PDP has recognised women and we are also determined to push women forward.
20 ”We hope to continue in the same spirit to encourage women, we will bring more women out to participate in the public affairs.
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