By Usman Ibn A. Lapai
The Executive Director, Women in NEED Foundation, Barr Mrs. Abiola Kamardeen, has said Kaduna state would witness more women participation in politics come 2019 as many of the grassroots women have indicated interest to seek for elective offices ahead of the general elections.
mrs Kamardeen disclosed this during a training workshop on the Nigerian constitution and the electoral law organised by WINEED foundation at the conference hall, Atiku Abubakar House in Kaduna at the weekend.
She said the workshop was targeted at mobilising the women for political participation as well as ensure they have the necessary skills that will ensure the actualisation of their new vision.
The workshop, she said, was a follow up to the foundation’s previous visits to various communities within the state aimed at educating the women on the Nigerian constitution and the issue regarding the electoral laws, and to develop their inner and outer skills to enable them participate in the electoral process.
“We are encouraging the women to fully participate. There is nowhere it is written, either traditionally or religiously, even under the constitution that a woman should not contest, it is an open field. All a woman needs to do is to ensure that she has all it takes and that is why we are sensitising them,” she said.
Also a paper presenter on the constitution, Barr Mrs. Sidikat Adegboye said many factors militate against women participation in the electoral process in Nigeria, including culture and religious encumbrances that keep women out of politics, saying that the constitution does not allow for discrimination of women participation in politics.