Reporter : CHRISTIAN NWANGENE
The League of Women Voters of Nigeria, Enugu State Chapter, has made a strong case for more women inclusion in governance for political progress of the country. The League believe that women inclusion in the political process will promote equity, justice and fair play.
A Governorship Candidate in the 2019 election, under the platform of FRESH Democratic Party, FDP, Mrs. Nnenna Anozie, made the call in Enugu at a one Day Town Hall meeting with Enugu Community women and other women based NGOs in Enugu State on the effect of COVID-19, especially as it affected women’s participation in politics and good governance.
Mrs. Anozie said the call for women inclusion was necesssary due to noticable gaps in the engagement of women and urged them not to take the back seat. Mrs. Anozie, who is also the Founder, FRESH MAMA Community Initiative, said regular interaction with women would motivate them to develop interest and get involved in political process in their area.
Some of the participants, including, Mrs. Emelia Uzodi and Mrs. Jane Ndukwe observed that women had not played active role in the political process due to marginalization, extreme violence, intimidation, and lack of support from the men. The women called on the players in the system to create a conducive environment for increased women involvement in politics.
They also advocated strong collaboration among women to make the fight for women involvement in the governance of the nation stronger. The brainstorming session attracted women group organizations, NGOs and civil society groups.