The ninth Women’s Assembly in Parliament on Monday called for the appointment of a woman as Defense Minister. Chairperson of the House Committee for Women in Parliament, Rep. Taiwo Oluga, made the call during a press conference in Abuja. Oluga said that if a woman is appointed defense minister, the security challenge facing the country would be effectively addressed. “For the first time in history, for a woman to be appointed defense minister and they will see action; she will see a positive change in our security architecture,” she said, as she answered questions from reporters. Oluga said it was disappointing that despite advocacy and attempt to increase women’s participation in Nigerian politics, there didn’t seem to be much progress. With regard to women, who are currently nominated parties and elective positions are being disputed in the next General Elections of 2023, there are serious issues of concern since it seems that the figure in the current assembly could worsen if drastic measures are not taken immediately. ”. In the last primary elections, Nigeria ranked among the countries with the lowest number of women’s participation in government in Africa, with around 6.2 per cent of national parliamentarians being women,” she said. She expressed concern about the development. percentage of women nominated for elective office in 2023, how many women would emerge victorious in the general election? “The point is that even if all of these women win in their elections, the figure is still very low and is a cause for great concern and action. “Another question is, is there a taboo that prohibits women from competing for the highest decision-making position in Nigeria, which is the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Nigeria? “This is because, out of the 18 political parties in Nigeria, only the APM (Allied Peoples Movement) fielded a female presidential candidate,” she said. The legislator said that in some states such as Kano, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara, no women were nominated as candidates for the presidency or the national assembly for the 2023 elections. “The implication of this is that, even before the elections next year in Nigeria, it is very clear that 13.5 per cent of states will not have women in elected office in their National Assembly seats,” he said. Oluga described the development as a major setback to achieving 35 per cent affirmative action in elected and appointed office in Nigeria. She attributed inhibiting factors against women’s participation in politics to patriarchy, stigmatization, women’s low educational level, the official problem, political violence, among others. However, she said the committee, with other development partners, will intensify activities on the need to discourage religious beliefs and cultural practices that work against women’s participation in politics. The Nigerian News Agency reports that the event was organized in conjunction with the European Union, the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund and other partners.
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