Posted by News Express | 10 June 2022 | 452 times
Following the conclusion of political parties’ Presidential primary election and preparation for a rigorous electioneering process ahead of the 2023 General Elections the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has commended all registered political parties for successful conventions and election of their presidential flag bearers.
NAWOJ has appealed for a gender-sensitive representation in the entire political equation and balancing.
Ladi Bala, National President of NAWOJ made the plea in a press statement, adding that “There is no gain saying that this has become imperative. It is against this backdrop that the Association hereby appeals to political parties to in the interest of inclusive society and development, should consider picking a woman as running mate for the office of president and governors of the respective states.
“It’s worrisome to note that rumours making the rounds are suggestive of male candidates being considered for the office of vice president by political parties. This posture will not only negate the contribution of women to nation-building but, also endanger inclusive governance in Nigeria where all demography clearly indicate the need for a sense of belonging and giving equal opportunity for females to serve at the highest level.
“The time has come for the promotion of gender equality in political leadership in Nigeria to be accorded the centre stage particularly as we head towards the 2023 General Elections to help reposition the country and properly situate it in its pride of place and position as the giant of Africa not only in size but in involvement in global discourse,” the statement emphasised. (Daily Independent)
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