Enugu - Dr. Joy Ezeilo, the Executive
Director, Women Aid Collective (WACOL), an NGO, has expressed dissatisfaction
over the number of women elected into political offices after the 2015 general
Ezeilo made her feelings known while speaking at a two-day
capacity building workshop for newly registered women politicians in Enugu
State on Tuesday.
The former rapporteur to the United Nations said that the
general assessment of the polls revealed that the election of women into
political offices hit an all time low in 15 years.
According to her, out of the 909 members of the state Houses
of Assembly across the country, only 36 women were women with the All
Progressives Congress (APC) recording the least number of elected women.
“In the 2011 elections, 69 women were elected to the state
Houses of Assembly across the country only for the number to reduce to 39 after
the 2015 general elections.
“At the National Assembly, there are just eight women in the
Senate and 20 in the House of Representatives.”
Ezeilo said that the non-integration of women into the
democratic process was unacceptable to Nigerian woman.
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She appealed to political parties in the country to
ameliorate the situation through the implementation of the National Gender
Policy, to fully mainstream women.
She urged women politicians to work together and articulate
their views, irrespective of party affiliation, in order to emancipate
“We need female transformational leadership to bring
development and peace and our male counterparts should support this because our
progress is equally theirs,” Ezeilo said.
Also speaking, Mrs Peace Nnaji, the Enugu State Commissioner
for Gender Affairs and Social Development, expressed regret that women had been
continuously marginalised in the political process.
Nnaji said that though available statistics the world over
showed a disadvantaged position for women in politics, the current situation in
Nigeria called for concern.
She said that only 22 per cent of members of parliament all
over the country were women, while 26 per cent were heads of government
Nnaji said that women needed to understand that their role
in politics was much more than praise-singing and rice sharing.
It is reported that participants
at the workshop were drawn across the 17 local government areas and political
party leaders in the state.