ActionAid demands 35% slots for women, reduction in forms’ fee

THE agitation for the implementation of the 13 per cent affirmative action for women has continued to elicit serious concerns with ActionAid Nigeria expressing its displeasure with the Federal Government over its poor commitment.

The organization also demanded the reduction of the amount for collecting forms for election by political parties ahead of the 2023 elections to increase women’s political participation in Nigeria.

While expressing its displeasure over the poor implementation of 35 per cent affirmative action for women inclusion in politics in Nigeria, the organization said the government had been unfair to the female gender.

The Programme Manager of Women’s Rights, Nkechi-Ilochi Omekedo and Finance Coordinator Women’s Voice and Leadership Project, Eghosa Gbadegesin, said this in separate interviews with The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Thursday.

They spoke during the opening ceremony of a three-day training programme for finance officers of organisations involved in the implementation of the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project Nigeria.

The WVL-N is a five-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada with the aim of increasing the capacities of local women’s rights organisations and networks movements in Nigeria to effectively promote and protect the rights of women and girls.

Omekedo lamented that 25 years after Nigeria signed the Beijing Declaration on 35 per cent inclusion of women in policy-making, the nation’s progress in the implementation of the policy has remained very slow.

PUNCH

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