Imo women demand chairmanship positions in political parties
Women from the 27 local government areas of Imo State have urged the chieftains of the 68 registered political parties in Nigeria to allocate more sensitive positions to female politicians in their parties.
At a one day seminar and public presentation of Voters Education and Women in Politics Manual in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday, the audience resolved among other things that women should be supported to emerge as political party chairmen in various states of the federation.
The programme which was organised to encourage more women to take active part in the 2019 electoral processes, was put up by an international non governmental organisation, ActionAid.
Part of the resolutions reached at the end of the seminar were that apart from urging political parties to see the need to support women to emerge as state party chairmen, the men folks should give women 50 per cent opportunities in all the processes of elections and governance.
Apart from urging women to stop being complacent in issues that pertain to politics and governance, men were encouraged to allow their wives to be part of election processes and governance.
A consultant to the NGO, Chibundu Uchegbu, explained that the Women in Politics Manual was aimed to inspire and help female aspirants and candidates to understand the challenges they were likely to face in the Nigerian polity.
He said, “the Manual will help female politicians to understand the opportunities available to them and the tools they need at all levels of electoral process to change the narrative if they want to be active players in the Nigerian political space.
“We developed the manual to mobilise our women to participate in the electoral process and governance. To expose women to strategies for breaking structural barriers to women participation in the electoral processes and governance.
“We developed the Manual to empower women with legal frameworks and policies to tear down the wall of perceived leadership limitations.”
Halima Oji, who is the ActionAid representative in Nigeria said that the NGO was carrying out similar programme in five other states aside Imo state.
She said the target was not just to see women to take part in electoral processes but to be fully involved in governance.