by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Experts have revealed that, the continuous marginalization of women in Nigeria’s political space is detrimental to its efforts in growing a stable democratic nation.
The views were expressed at a one-day sensitization and enlightenment meeting to encourage women contesting for elective positions in the 2023 general elections in Kaduna.
Recalled that, National Assembly had earlier rejected the ‘Affirmative Action’ in the constitutional amendment of the Electoral Act 2022.
Few among the gender bills rejected by the parliament were the affirmative action bill to ensure 35 per cent positions for women, the bill on ministerial or commissioners’ nomination as well as the reserved seat bill to create additional seats for women at the National and States Assemblies.
Speakers at the sensitization meeting of women contestants in the 2023 elections, therefore, noted that women in position of leadership across the globe have shown competence; hence, any nation that fails to recognize their capacity is doomed to fail.
“The women believe that they have the number to change the narrative,” they said, and, therefore, advised women contesting in the 2023 elections to be courageous.
“The surest way for women to succeed in the 2023 general elections,” according to these women contestants, “is when they support each other.”