Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT Chapter, has lamented the recent decline in women participation in politics in both elective and appointive positions.
The chapter in a communiqué issued at the end of its March congress, which was also used to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD), decried the fact that: “…during the last dispensation, there was more women participation, meeting the required 35 per cent affirmative action and therefore tasked government at all levels to make conscious effort to empower women politically and financially.
” The communiqués signed by Secretary, NAWOJ FCT, Mrs Grace Njoku, noted that: “Congress charged women in positions of authority on mentoring and empowerment of women, to ensure increased participation of women, preparatory to the 2019 elections.
“Congress in the same vein, called on relevant stakeholders and international partners to support women participation in politics in Nigeria.
” The association also, reiterated the need for women, who make up the larger part of the population, to get registered and obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and ensure they vote in the forthcoming general election, with a view to influencing the outcome of election in favour of women.
Mrs. Njoku further stated that the congress as part of the IWD celebration featured a talk on Health Tips for Women by Chairman, Kpakpando Foundation, Dr. Marian Nneamaka Ogoh-Ali, who she enjoined women to be health and hygiene conscious, just as she harped on the need for regular medical check-ups to guard against diseases including cervical and breast cancer which is fast becoming prevalent among women in the country.