By Stanley Onyekwere
FCT Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), a non governmental organisation, has identified as matter of urgent importance, the need for women inclusion in decision making process in communities, in order to bridge the gap in governance and development of any society.
To this end, NILOWV in partnership with Action-Aid Nigeria has carried out a sensitisation programme to ensure adequate women participation especially in political positions in Nigeria.
Speaking at a one day Town hall meeting with religions leaders and Traditional ruler in Karu Chief Palace, Abuja, Chirperson of the group, Maria Enegwa noted that the women are been relegated to the back ground especially in political positions in the country.
Enegwea decried that most Nigerians including some women still believe and embrace the traditional perspectives that view women as inferior to men , second class citizens, weaker sex to be seen and not be heard.
She added that most times, women feel the game of leadership, politics and decision making is exclusive to men, and they (women) should dare not to venture into it, and those who struggle to venture are usually contented with back seat.
“Globally, women are key contributors in the development of any country. However, the issues of women exclusion and low participation in politics and decision making have continued to generate attention worldwide.
“ We called for this gathering, in order to help eliminate the political, socioeconomic disparity and systematic practices, which serves as obstacles to effective participation of women in leadership, governance and decision making in our community.
“ For there to be greater participation of women in all spheres of Nigeria society, most especially communities in FCT Abuja, we need the input of all stakeholders to help in empowering women politically, socially, economically and protecting their lives, in order to achieve the inclusion of women in governance and decision making,” she stressed.
She therefore urged traditional rulers, religious leaders and other notable men and women in the society to support and encourage electorates to vote for women during elections, to ensure more women occupy political positions.
On his part, Sakaruyi of Karu, Emmanuel Kyauta, who pledged his support to more women in political positions, noted that men has failed the nation in governance as a result of corruption .
The monarch added that women should work hard to also prove the nation right by taking over leadership position to salvage the country out of the problem.