Punch News Paper – Group slams exclusion of women, people with disabilities in governance

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Gender Strategy Advancement International has flayed the exclusion of women, and people with disabilities in governance.

The group charged the media to hold the government accountable for the exclusion of women and people with disabilities in the decision-making process.

The Executive Director of GSAI, Adara Sydney-Jack, gave the charge on Monday, at inclusive investigation training on accountability in governance for reporters and editors.

The training was organised under the auspices of the Gender Accountability and Inclusivity in Nigeria Project, implemented by GSAI and funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.

Sydney-Jack said journalists must be deliberate about inclusive reportage to shift the narrative and cultivate a culture that values and celebrates inclusion and accountability.

She noted, “The media is the partner for democracy and for democracy to thrive; we must have an inclusive society. It is not just the inclusion of women but also the inclusion of PWDs. Right now, I can tell you that there is limited space for women and PWDs from appointments, and palliative distributions among others.

“Journalists must be deliberate about inclusive reportage and must hold the government accountable for lack of inclusion of these classifications of people. It is our duty to begin to ask the questions that matter.

“The burden bearers of insecurity are women. In terms of meditation, reconciliation, and intelligence gatherings, women should be part of that dialogue.”

The Programme Officer, GSAI, Susan Ihuoma, said women with disabilities face unique challenges due to the double discrimination they often experience based on both gender and disability, noting that “disability inclusion and legal protection is essential to address the challenges.”

The Chairman of the National Union of Journalists, Osaretin Osadebamwen also tasked the media to call the government’s attention to issues/policies concerning women and the PWDs that need to be dismantled or improved on. Read more on the Punch news Online

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