2023 ELECTION WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION AND THE CALL FOR INCLUSIVITY IN GOVERNANCE
In light of the recent Nigerian elections in 2023, it is critical to emphasize the necessity of including women in all branches of government.
About half of the population are women, and it is essential to the growth of our country that they participate in the democratic process. There is still a long way to go before women are fully represented in the political sphere, even though we have made strides in recent years to increase the participation of women in politics. The 2023 elections offered a chance to address this problem, and we are happy to report that more women ran for office than in previous elections
However, there were still significant challenges faced by women candidates such as intimidation and violence, as well as social and cultural hurdles that prevent women from entering politics, which are major obstacles that women candidates must overcome. While acknowledging that there is still much work to be done, we must acknowledge the progress that has already been made. We think that more effective government and policies that benefit all citizens will result from a political process that is inclusive and takes into account the viewpoints and experiences of women. It is time to remove the last remaining obstacles standing in the way of women’s full political participation and ensure that their opinions are heard.
From candidate nomination to election day, GSAI proposes that a high priority be placed on the participation of women in politics and high-ranking government positions. This entails fostering a supportive climate for female candidates, offering resources and logistical assistance, and removing social and cultural barriers that prohibit women from fully participating in politics. Most importantly, we Propose that Political parties must work with gender advocates to analyze action plans to find areas where people of different genders have disproportionate levels of access or potential benefit, and then use that analysis to mainstream gender considerations. Proactively invite and positively encourage women’s organizations, gender networks, and leaders to participate in multi-stakeholder forums. Think about a new promise that leverages open government to fill a particular gap in the services or policy requirements for women and girls.
Better governance and policies that are beneficial to all citizens will result from a political process that is inclusive and integrates the viewpoints and experiences of women. It is time to remove the last remaining obstacles standing in the way of women’s full political participation and ensure that their opinions are heard.
All Nigerians are urged to encourage women’s participation in the electoral process and to actively work towards establishing a society in which women are fully represented in all aspects of life. We now have the chance to create a better Nigeria in which everyone, regardless of gender, has an equal opportunity to contribute to the expansion and advancement of our country.
Adaora Onyechere Sydney-Jack
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Gender Strategy Advancement international In partnership with The Korean Cultural Centre To Host The women and peace cultural exhibition
Gender Strategy Advancement international In partnership with The Korean Cultural Centre To Host The women and peace cultural exhibition in commemoration of the International day of remembrance of Victims of Insurgence.
The Executive Director GSAI Adaora Onyechere during her interaction in a stakeholders meeting lamented that Over the years the role of women in peace, mediation and reconciliation has diminished even in a time where insecurity is heightened in our country and women and children have become the burden bearers of this.
she further stated that the plight has left a lot of women silenced in pain and some revictimised as a consequence of serial attacks in their states and in the communities.
The electioneering period has also set in and the conversation between candidates and the politics have further divided voices into ethnic echos and also reducing the most significant attribute of our nationhood which is our culture, our heritage and our diversity.
This exhibition is in honor of the many women and girls excommunicated by the terrorism in the communities, to reignite hope in the hearts of those who remain by rekindling their trust through this exhibition of culture through arts, diversity through exclusive photography works of indigenous women from across the states.
it will also showcase the works of these vulnerable women and how they have managed to survive through using arts and crafts.
The objective of this event is :
1. To curate a support network for these women in other to enable them,with platforms to showcase theirs works and build partnerships.
2. To unveil their talents, crafts and exhibition it some of the amazing works these women have done and also to see through the works of artists their collection on how the journey of survival, the story of our culture and the trajectory of our diversity has been documented using creative arts.
3. To raise awareness on the role of women , peace and mediation and engage key stakeholders.
4. To popularize the need to end all forms of violence against women.
5. To bring a sense of understanding to the need for emergency intervention in the area of insecurity in the country as it affects women most.
6. To build a compendium of visual data through the program.
This is is an emergent situation and the need to raise awareness across all social clusters of both national and international is important.
This event is scheduled to hold on the 27th of August and is been flagged of by the Korean Cultural Centre and hosted by Gender Strategy Advancement international in partnership with Business day, Nigerian women Arts association, The Skilled women initiative, Alex Reporters, Sparrow Productions, AIT, Arise news, And many others.
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