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NAWOJ advocates gender balance in governance

2015-03-13 15:09
Displaced people from Baga listens to President Goodluck Jonathan (unseen) in a Maiduguri camp on January 15, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan met survivors from what is thought to be Boko Haram's worst attack in its six-year insurgency. H ~ OLATUNJI OMIRIN

Ilorin - The Chairperson of the Kwara State Chapter of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Hajia Binta Mora, has  called for gender balance and improved women participation in governance.

She made the call in llorin on Thursday while speaking with newsmen.

She said the call became necessary to allow women of proven integrity, leadership prowess and agility to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.

Mora described the 35 per cent affirmative policy as commendable.

She challenged women to show more zeal and make themselves available for service, to expedite action on the country's transformation process.

The unionist appealed to the men folk not to regard women as second fiddles but to rather support them by creating a level-playing ground for them in the scheme of things.

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Mora frowned at the involvement of some women in unscrupulous acts, urging them to have a change of heart and show good examples to their children.

She advised women to always consider their key role as family and nation builders.

The NAWOJ chairperson said the body had exposed its members to international training and had collaborated with notable associations.

On the forthcoming general elections, she described women, youths and young people as the most vulnerable in election violence.

She implored women to rise to the challenge by discouraging their children from being used as thugs by politicians.

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