By Hassan Zaggi
Women above the age 18 have been advised to come out and register and get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) so that they can vote women into positions of power in the forthcoming election.
This is to enable women have a voice in decision making processes that affects the health and wellbeing of children, the vulnerable and the general populace.
A veteran journalist, Mrs Moji Makanjuola, made the call while responding to questions from journalists at the North Central Zonal Workshop on Enhancing Women’s participation in continuous voter registration cards in Abuja.
The workshop was organized by the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) in partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to Mrs Moji: “Women must come out if truly they want inclusiveness in governance particularly having a bigger voice that we do now, we must come out and ensure that all women 18 and above register and get their PVC.
“So, if you are serious about voting for women kind to increase the number of women in politics and governance, then it has become strategic and imperative tool for us women to register and ensure that you have a PVC, that is key that will ensure inclusiveness of women in politics.”
Speaking earlier, the Project Director, European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), Mr David Le Notre, noted that: “Women constitute about half of the population and an important segment that must be carried along in every facet of development.
“ Women participation enriches democracy and makes it more responsive to the aspiration of the people. It is however, unfortunate that women participation in politics has been limited. “
Represented by the Gender and Inclusion Programme Officer , Cathy Latiwa, Mr Notre lamented that: “Fewer women than men have been voted into political office despite the fact that majority of voters are women.
“Nigeria women have the lowest representation of 5.9 per cent in the National Assembly when compared to most other African countries like Uganda with 34.6 per cent, South Africa 43.2%, Ethiopia 27.7% and Cameroon 20.1%.”