2023: Group seeks inclusion, mass participation of women in election

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Group wants women in politics, kicks against gender-based violence

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

The National Council for Women Societies Nigeria has called for inclusion and mass participation of women in 2023 elections.

It also kicked against gender-based violence against women by carrying out mass sensitization campaign in rural areas and towns to stop the ugly menace.

The National President of National Council for Women Societies Nigeria (NCWC), Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda, made the appeal during the 2022 convention and inauguration of the state executive at Women Development Centre, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, recently.

In the topic titled, “Women full participation in governance – A panacea to balance development”, Laraba urged women to participate fully in the 2023 general elections by using their number to give full support to fellow women who vye for elective position instead of working against each other.

“Women let us use our number very well to do something positive for ourselves  because 2023 general elections is around the corner.

“Don’t gossip and work against your fellow women in this coming general election. Endeavour to support any woman that comes out to contest for any elective position.

“This is why in NCWC today, we have honourary members that are men. We call them, ‘He for She’. These are men that love women and are ready to support them. We are going to inaugurate them very soon in Abuja.” Laraba said that what women want is equity, stressing, “Since both women and men have the same level of education, why won’t them be given opportunity to occupy various elective and appointive positions in government.”

She therefore commended the Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, for giving women a voice and chance to participate effectively in this present administration, saying that the National Council For Women Societies Nigeria has nominated him for special award in Infrastructural Development  and Women and Youth Development.

On her part, the wife of the governor of Ebonyi State, Mrs. Rachael Ogonna Umahi, expressed appreciation for the inauguration of the newly elected executive of Ebonyi NCWS, saying that she was delighted to be part of the event.

 

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