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Former Women Affairs Minister Advocates Support For Women In Politics

The Former Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs Josephine Anenih has called on Nigerians to give women opportunity to occupy prominent political positions for progress and equitable distribution of democracy dividends.

Mrs Anini who is the National Coordinator of “One Hundred Women Lobby Group” made the call during a strategic meeting and summit for women in political parties on improving electoral integrity and accountability in the Nigerian Project.

The event which was organized by the Anambra state chapter of the “One Hundred Women Lobby Group”, attracted participants from all parts of the state, who are mainly woman leaders in their communities or in political parties they belong.

Mrs Anenih who maintained that women are divinely blessed with unquantifiable wisdom in leadership, said that if Nigerians will learn to allow them occupy most of the major political positions in the country that things will positively be changed and all will feel best impact of governance.

Speaking on “Women Inclusion in Political Leadership: a Pathway to Electing Integrity and Accountability” , the former minister encouraged women to get involved in politics and stop shying away from it in order to take their rightful place in decision making sphere in the country, and asked women that are already occupying political positions to change people’s perception about women in leadership through excellent performances.

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Addressing the gathering, the International Coordinator, Nigeria, United Nations Peace and Positive Living Awareness Centre, UN-PEPOLAC, Bishop Dr Ozioma Ozoemena, and the Executive Director, Catch Them Young Community Initiative, Mr Nonso Orakwe who is also Southeast Convener Vote Not Fight, advocated for a peaceful general elections next year, pointing out that gone are the days when elections are war, and reminded women especially mothers of the need to preach peace before, during and after the forthcoming elections.

On their parts, the Awka South Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Mrs Chikodili Nnonyelu, and Labour Party Candidate for Awka North and South Federal House of Representatives, Professor Oby Orogbu said that women are great organizers and have over the years proved their mettle in leadership positions in churches, communities and impolitics, saying that the sooner people in this part of the world learn to vote for candidates base on capacity and charisma, and not base on gender and political affiliation, the better the society would be.

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The state Coordinator of the One Hundred Women Lobby Group”, Mrs Ify Unachukwu and a member of the association, Barrister Oge Ekweozor while saying that the rights of women to vote and be voted for must be protected, called for more enlightenment of Nigerians on the need to come out and vote for candidates of their choice during the elections as that remains the only way to enthrone people oriented leaders at all levels of government, and asked security agencies and authorities to ensure adequate security during the 2023 general elections.

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