DiniDari Africa in collaboration with the Norwegian embassy and UN women holds a women political empowerment project in Jos
Zigwai Tagwai (Project Lead, Women Political Empowerment Project) says the project is a focus on promoting women participation in politics, political parties and governance process.
Reports from a survey carried out by the DinidariAfrica across communities in Plateau state on the need based capacity assements for political parties, women wings in political parties, women leaders, women in politics and governance has shown a low level of women’s participation in Politics
A humanitarian development consultant Joel Timothy Oche giving the report of the preliminary findings to CSO, responders and other stakeholders noted that women’s participation in politics have dropped across political parties after assessment of the PDP, Labour party, APC and NNPP. In plateau state, there has been a significant decrease to the amount of women who vie for political positions in 2023 than in 2019 and some of the barriers identified by respondents of the survey are lack of financial capability, zeal and willingness, poor leadership skills, zero cooperations among women, cultural religious and economic barriers admits other factors
Part of the strategies and recommendations for women in politics identified in this survey has been that there should be more advovacy and sensitization of women, Lobbying, changing policy and laws undermining women’s participation, mobilizing women elites and support for the party and it’s candidates during election, capacity building and training.
In an interview with VPN reporter, Grace amaji a person living with disability says people with disability are often discriminated when vieiying political positions but they have been non resistant to some of the challenges.
Safiya Adamu saidu A seasoned grassroot mobilizer also stated that she has been trained and better equiped on encouraging women in politics and how to rally around credible women and better candidate. Women should lobby for better position and inclusion in governance and women when elected will bring progress and development.
Hon Faith Gyang chollom has encouraged women to be united and also support each other who vie for elective positions and on their own part they’ll go back to their communities to better sensitize women.
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