Participants at a one-day conference for Northern women on their needs, have said they would cast their vote for persons seeking elective offices in the next political dispensation if only such persons have plans to address issues that affect them and their children.
They said their decision to arrive at the conclusion was not unconnected to previous unfulfilled election promises, domestic violence and general insecurity, quickly clarified that it has nothing to do with any political party.
The conference, which had women from all walks of life in attendance, was said to have been billed for November, 2014, but has to be shifted due to logistics reasons and has nothing to do with political atmosphere of the country.
In an interview, the Co-Chair, Women Interfaith Council, Kaduna, Mrs. Comfort Idowu-Fearon, said women have always been at the receiving end of any outbreak of law and order in the society, saying the council in partnership with Kukah Centre, Abuja, organize the conference to remind them once again the need to be sensitive and proactive in issues that affect them.
According to her, “Time has come for Nigerian women to rise up to the responsibility of safeguarding their interests especially, as it affect us and our children. Though WIC is not political, but we need to
be sensitive to happening around us, including politics.
“We are making frantic efforts to see that women in the state get their permanent voter cards so they can vote for people who have their interest at heart,” she added.
In his opening remarks, Acting Executive Director of Kukah Centre, Abuja, Dr. Arthur Martins-Aginam, told the gathering that the organization he superintends, was to give platform for Nigerian women by a way of channeling their plights to appropriate authority for prompt response.
He said, “We are partnering with other key stakeholders to know the challenges our women are faced with, so that we help to reach out to those in position to help; be it government, national assembly, security agencies among others.”