Group Laments Low Women Participation In Politics

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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative, (EWEI), has expressed dismay over low participation of women in active politics.
The group stated this on Saturday, during a step down seminar for over sixty women in Malali, Kaduna North Local Government on civic rights and active participation in decision making and politics in the state.

The women had earlier been beneficiaries of a three-day train the trainer workshop under EWEI’s Civic Education and Participation for Women Project, (CEPWOP).

EWEI’s Programme Officer, Organizational Development and Learning, (POODL), Ms Grace Attah, said the event was part of the group’s efforts aimed at mobilizing women for active participation in political process to avoid being schemed out of critical decisions that affects them in their various communities.

According to her, the event was an outcome of the training delegates from Malali undergone last week, which message the women passed on very well.

Team Leader of Malali, Mrs Rhoda Giwa, who was so elated said participants at the event would have been more, but some had other pressing engagements.

She called on the women to rise up and exercise their rights as enshrined in the Constitution, adding that after the seminar the women are ready and set for active participation especially in the forthcoming 2019 general election.

A participant, Hajiya Fatimah Sadiq, wanted more women to be trained so that they would know their rights and role as citizens.

Another participant Mrs Margaret Mark, who is also a politician said having been in politics for many years, she realized that women are afraid to delve into politics because of name callings by the women themselves.

She commended organizers of the programme, with a promise to step down on the knowledge she has gained from the event.

It would be recalled that recently women from two communities in the state; Malali and Tum in Kaduna North and Kaura LGAs were trained under the Civic Education and Participation for Women Project, (CEPWOP).
EWEI has over the years been inspiring girls and women through capacity building and mentoring.

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