Group bemoans fate of rural, urban women since advent of democracy in Nigeria - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

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Group bemoans fate of rural, urban women since advent of democracy in Nigeria

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A non governmental organization, 100 Women Lobby Group, has bemoaned the fate of Nigerian women since the advent of democracy in 1999 as non encouraging, calling for mass education for women, girls, youths, families and the society on the need to support women’s aspiration in leadership.

The group in a Communique issued at the end of its meeting held on September 2, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, advocated for a stronger partnership and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental entities so that women will be supported with needed financial and material resources for better placement in leadership.

The communiques which was signed by Prof. Olubunmi Ashimolowo, the State Coordinator, of the group and Bar. Olajumoke Fadairo, the Secretary,  communique committee respectfully also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to actively create measures to encourage voters’ registration and civic voting.

100 Women Lobby Group is a network of 100 women-led, not for profit, grassroots based organizations that has been in existence for more than 25 years. 

The network, which comprises of organisations and individuals is working to improve the participation and role of women in politics and governance and geared towards achieving the 35% Affirmative Action at all levels and beyond.

Salient Times reports that 100 Women Lobby Group is not for profit, a Non Governmental Organization, a national platform with constant link with rural and urban women dwellers across Nigeria. 

The Group is also concerned about the rising incidence of low level of empowerment in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Part of the group's agitation are that "there should be mass education for women, girls, youths, families and the society on the need to support women’s aspiration in leadership.

"There should be stronger partnership and collaboration between the sponsors (in order words - God Fathers and Mothers), governmental and non-governmental entities so that women will be supported with needed financial and material resources for better placement in leadership.

"Women who are financially capable should be identified and encouraged to venture into politics.

During the meeting held in Abeokuta, the group agreed that there should be mass education on electoral violence for the citizenry.

"There should be awareness creation on vote buying menace in our electoral system.


"The INEC needs to actively create measures to encourage voters’ registration and civic voting

"We fully endorse additional funding for political parties who are actively supporting political quota of 35%.

"There is a need for the government to introduce the reimbursement of child care expenses incurred as a result of campaign to give room for equity and equality.

It also called on the Profiled Rural Women who have been trained,  to also train other women for sustainability purposes.

"The State should revisit the State Electoral Law to pave way for inclusiveness.

"Rural Women leaders were profiled to become advocates of women inclusion and promoters of women voting for women contesting for political positions.