Women group in Ogun State calls for 35% representation of women in State cabinet

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‘MORE Women’, an initiative of the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center, WARDC, has concern by the continued marginalization of women in leadership positions in the country and requests the Ogun State Governor to consider appointing 35% representation of women in the cabinet that will lead your agenda in the state.

In an open letter to the governor, the group urged him to consider other social groups, including the youth and people with disabilities.

“We believe that the appointment exercise as a critical tool to steer affairs of the state towards a desirable and sustainable future, such future can support the state towards the achievement of 2030 Global agenda. The state has always been the gateway and leads historically in progressive developments and we will not expect something less from this present government.

“We are aware that there are several eminently qualified female indigenes of the state for all the sectors and call on your esteemed self to consider these eminently qualified female citizens to position the state appropriately and support your agenda for a better state. 

“Taking this step, will not only position your government as a gender friendly party but it will go a long way in placing Ogun State in the comity of states in Nigeria  as a leader committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making. It will set a precedent for other governments across the country and increase the gender rating of Nigeria,” the group said.

The group urges the governor to listen to the yearnings of the people and support a pro people government that portrays representation that is above board and can support development.

“Take Notice Sir, that the Women Groups and concerned citizens will undertake a solidarity WALK to your office on Thursday, 1st of August 2019,” the group added.

The national leading women group, with its roots in Ogun state and represents diverse non-governmental organisations that work towards the advancement of women in Nigeria in all spheres of life and within the context of national and international frameworks that obligates Nigeria to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

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– July 31, 2019 @ 14:25 GMT /

 

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