WOMEN of Purpose Development Foundation, an NGO, has called on the Federal Government to initiate policies that would guarantee women’s right to affirmative action to encourage them to participate in politics in the country.
The founder of the group, Mrs. Mabel Onwuemele, made the call on Monday in Abuja at a townhall meeting to celebrate this year’s World Humanitarian Day.
According to her, the theme of the town hall meeting, “Celebrating Women Humanitarians”, is aimed at addressing the role of women in humanitarian work for the development of the country.
“Adequate implementation of 35 per cent affirmative action for women will foster positive governance; the Federal Government must address the discrimination against women in the country.
“Women are powerful and natural. Whatever you put in a woman’s hand she doubles it, so it is expected that women will be more valuable in humanitarian work than men.
“It is a clarion call to the government to include more women in political appointments and in the cabinets because women are much more organised and detailed than men.
“Women have been left behind and treated as second class citizens, but during elections, they come out with their kids to vote after which they are not found in the cabinet.
“I call on the Federal Government to include more women in the cabinet if it was to record adequate progress in governance in the country,” she said.
She maintained that the resistance to affirmative action had remained the enabling tool for perpetuation of discrimination against women in the country. (NAN)
– Aug. 20, 2019 @ 8:45 GMT |