Enugu State is Committed to Gender Equality and Political Inclusion – Deputy Governor

2016_06_16_78980The deputy governor made the assertion during the official launch of  Women in Politics(WIP) Program held at Golden Royale Hotel by members  of WACOL, a non-governmental organization in collaboration with DFID,  noting that the problems women face in politics include cultural  barriers, gender discrimination, gender based violence and lack of  financial capacity, among others.

Ezeilo added that political violence was the major hurdle faced by  women in politics and this, she noted, was intended to scare them and
undermine their right to participate in public life or get involved in  governance.

“The limited participation of women in political life as has been observed is fundamentally an expression of their underprivileged
situation in the society” she noted.

She  reiterated that women in Nigeria have constitutionally guaranteed  rights to freedom of association which included the right to join
political parties, to vote and be voted for in an election, pointing  out that there was need for capacity building to enhance women’s
skills and knowledge on how to effectively participate in political  activities.

She strongly believed that if women got the deserved support from not just political gate keepers, but the society in general, they would
perform creditably well and demonstrate effective leadership.
Mrs. Ezeillo commended the governor of Enugu State who she described  as a gender friendly leader that believes in gender accountability and  mainstreaming of women in all spheres of life.

She  informed that the state has achieved 35% rate of gender inclusion in certain appointive and decision making positions such as permanent
secretaries and other administrative posts in the civil service of  Enugu State.

Earlier in her remarks, the Chairperson, Women Affairs Committee Enugu  State House of Assembly, Hon Omeje Ogbu, expressed delight that
organizers had recognized the need to sensitize women on the  importance of being in politics.
She advised the women to always participate in rural development  activities and equally fraternize with everybody so that they would be
able to enlist support when the opportunity to serve calls.

Speaking on the occasion, His Royal Highness, Igwe Julius Nnaji, urged  the women to stand up for their rights while encouraging their
colleagues to measure up to  their reputation as transparent and reliable members of  the society.
Also  making their contributions, the pioneer chairman of APC in Enugu State, Mrs Joy Ebeh, Dr Ken Ike, Chairman APGA Enugu State and Jasper Veen, DFID Country Director, who was represented by the Programme Director National Democratic Institute, Mr. Raymond Esebagbon, all  spoke in favor of women participation in politics.   The programme is billed to be launched in the five States of the  South East zone, aimed at encouraging women to be fully involved in  politics.

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