The failure of various political parties contesting the 2023 general elections to implement the 35% affirmative action for women worries the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Enugu State chapter.
The chairperson of the association, Comrade Ngozi Ngene, stated this in the interview with Adadainfo in Enugu. She said, “We are not satisfied with the number of women vying for elective positions because most political parties did not implement the 35% of affirmative action.
“We have however moved on with sensitizing women to speak with their votes this time around that voting counts. We urged them to obtain their voters’ cards, and be ready to vote and ensure that their votes count. With that, we can express our true feelings. Time was when women are relegated as second fiddle even when records show that men have not fared better than women on a level playing field.
“The way out is that we will continue in our efforts to educate women to change the narratives. Women should support each other, and encourage each other for the development of our society.”
Speaking on how her coalition is ensuring justice for women in the state, Ngene said, “We deal with programmes that project women to the global community. It may interest you to know that immediately after our election on 26th July 2022, we used the platform of the August meeting, which is an annual congress whereby Igbo women in the diaspora and the cities travel back to meet with their local counterparts to discuss matters about community development, to acquaint mothers of the basic concept of democracy and the role of elections in democracy and governance. It was a success.”