The Independent National Electoral Commission, said it would encourage women participation actively by voting and be voted for in the 2023 general elections.
While explaining the roles of women in politics, INEC said it takes gender issues seriously adding that it has been working tirelessly to ensure that no gender would be restrained when it comes to voting and aspiring to be voted for.
The commission declared this through its deputy director, Ndidi Okafor, at the launch of the “Roadmap to Advance Gender Equality in Political Leadership in Nigeria,” organised by the International Republican Institute, IRI, Women’s Democracy Network and ElectHer.
Ndidi said, “We are committed to mainstreaming gender issues in elections. We are committed to ensuring that women vote and are voted for. Women are intellectually healthy.
“Make use of the best information from this programme and participate in the elections. Support one another.”
The programme officer, Women’s Democracy Network, IRI, Bryant Martin Fiesta, said they engaged about 150 countries including Nigeria to ensure that women participate actively in politics.
“When I read the roadmap, it is a theme of building and strengthening the capacity of aspiring women leaders in politics. This policy is aimed at ensuring that we bring down structures that prevent women from advancing in politics.”
Also, an advisory council member, ElectHer, Agenda 35 Campaign, Ope Oriniowo, said no nation can progress without women actively involved in politics.
He said, “No nation can move forward without active participation of women in politics. If we must move the country forward, we must move women forward. So, women and men must collaborate for nation building.”
The resident programme director, IRI Nigeria, Santiago Stocker, said they have been working to empower women to participate in politics adding that they will ensure structural change.