The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule on Wednesday urged women to be more participatory in government to promote the ideals of sustainable democratic practices and values.
Adebule said this at the opening of “Women in Government” conference organised by the Department For International Development (DFID), South-West Region in Lagos.
The conference was put together in collaboration with the Lagos State Office of the Deputy Governor.
She said that such participation was a prerequisite for achieving political, social, economic, cultural and environmental security in Nigeria.
“The 35 percent slot for women participation in government is something that we as women must all strive to ensure that we meet up with.
“Majority of women are looking for appointments but we should work toward getting elective positions because it is only there that there are no opportunities to advocate for the course of women and the girl-child.
“The attitude of shying away from taking up elective positions cannot take us anywhere. Women should be bold, educated, and supportive and have the confidence and add value to themselves.
“It is when we do all these that the men folk will begin to take us seriously and give us the chance to showcase our potential,” Adebule said.
In a keynote address entitled “Empowering Women for Political Participation”, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) decried the under-representation of women in politics and governance.
Tinubu said that the society had yet to create an energetic and stereotype-free political space for women to enable them to participate actively in politics.
She urged women to work together to achieve a collective empowerment in the face of a male-dominated society.
Tinubu said: “We need increased participation that represents our population in politics to enable us to feel more relevant as productive members of the society.
“If we want to make the 21 century the woman’s century, we cannot wait to be …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper