By Ahmed Ahmed
The People Redemption Party (PRP), Bauchi State chapter, has called on women to participate actively in the political process that would strengthen the democracy of the country.
The state party Chairman, Mr. Musa Gwadabe, made the appeal, when the Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF) visited the party Secretariat, with the support of Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF) on Wednesday.
Represented by Babangida Aliyu, the legal adviser of the party, he said that the party had efforts to promote women’s equal and full political participation to be effective.
“They must include strategies for political parties to ensure their constitution, structures, processes, and financing are gender responsive and inclusive of all women.
“Our party encourages women’s participation and integrates gender equality issues in their policies and programmes to ensure diversity of views and no one is left behind,” Gwadabe said.
On his part, the Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Usman Mohammed, said that the party was taking actions to support and strengthen women’s capacity on political activities in the state.
He said that women were relegated to a post which focuses on mobilization for rallies, distribution of resources such as food, fabric, entertainment (singing and dancing) and fundraising.
“This discrimination keeps women at the bottom level of the party hierarchy and outside of the circles where decisions are being made on candidate nomination/ selection,” he said.
He also lamented that women “are enemies of themselves” and called on prominent women politicians to be “light to other women.
“Wives of political office holders must be pillars of support. You must shun counsel of the wicked that could divide the country.
“You must not compromise the integrity of your husbands through your conduct,” he warned.
Representatives of ASHHF, Mrs MaryAnn Emmanuel, and Aisha Mohammmed, said that they were in the party Secretariat to preach the need for women who are politically conscious not to leave politics for men alone.
They urged political parties to be mindful of the manner they treat women, warning, “Their words and actions might unconsciously hold women back or make their journeys through life more difficult than it should be.”
They however explained that their project was on stregthening women voice, instituting women right and ending violence against women and girls.
“As well as community mobilization and strengthening the network of young women leadership.”