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Activists Urge FG To Consider More Women For Political Positions

Chris Uba
Some human rights activists on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider giving more positions to women.
They told journalists in Lagos in separate interviews that the president’s ministerial list featured few women.
The Union reports that the Affirmative Action during the 1995 conference on women in Beijing gave priority to the issue of increasing women’s participation at all levels of decision-making.
The activists said that among the 37 nominees transmitted to the National Assembly for confirmation, only seven women made the list.
Rev. Austin Nnorom, the Publicity Secretary of the South-West chapter of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), perceived the list as being biased against women.
“It is a complete disconnect to global acceptability of women in governance.’’
Nnorom urged women to ensure they take their rightful place in regard to holding public office.
“Government should correct this signal it is sending to the world that Nigerian women have not come of age to hold public office,” he said.
Also commenting, Mrs Josephine Effa-Chukwuma, the Executive Director, PROJECT ALERT on Violence against Women, described the situation as a sad one.
According to her, women are well educated and equal to any task.
“We are back to the era of tokenism, whereby less than 10 per cent of political appointees are women.
“This is really sad because under previous administrations, we made significant progress with at least 30-35 per cent,” she said.
Effa-Chukwuma further argued that there were qualified women across professions to be appointed as ministers, adding that women constituted about 50 per cent of the country’s population of over 160 million people.
Mr Toyin Raheem, the Executive Secretary of Campaign for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (CCHR), said that the number of women nominees for ministerial positions discriminated against women.
“We must not be economical with the truth; the President has violated the constitution by this singular act.
“It is discrimination against women; there is an international declaration that women should take at least 35 per cent of elective or appointive positions.
“Women are better managers,’’ Raheem said.
He urged the Senate to draw the attention of the President to the issue for correction.

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