Lagos - Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National
Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Party (APC), on Monday advocated gender
equality in policy making in the country.
Mohammed made the observation in Lagos at a summit organised
by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in partnership
with United Kingdom Aid and Voices4Change.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aim of the
summit was to promote gender equality as a principle of human rights and a
WARDC is also advocating the rebalancing between men and
women in terms of resources, legal rights, participation, decision making and
He urged government at all levels to encourage the
participation of women in politics and be voted into positions of relevance in
the 2015 general elections.
Mohammed classified some of the challenges impeding women
participation in the political space as traditional, religious belief, economic
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He urged women to rise up to the challenges so that their
voices could be heard.
"Women have proved time and again that if given the
right opportunity and tools, they can contribute meaningfully to the political
process and national development," he said.
Also speaking, a representative from the National Conscience
Party (NCP), Mr Seyin Ajayi, urged policy makers to ensure that women were
elected as deputy governors.
"No matter how women are marginalised, policies should
be designed to have a female deputy for all male governors; it must not be by
appointment if they must contribute meaningfully," Ajayi said.
Earlier, the Executive Director, WARDC, Dr Abiola
Akiode-Afolabi, said Nigerian women with over half of the Nigeria population,
were facing some challenges preventing them from participating in decision
making and political participation.
"The journey to total political emancipation for women
is still a long one but we can shorten it through our collective effort.
"It begins with educating women on their fundamental
human rights so that they are not easily intimidated," she said.