INEC Moves To Improve Women’s Participation In Politics
INEC Moves To Improve Women’s Participation In Politics – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is adopting measures to expand women’s participation in the electoral process.
At a workshop it organised in Abuja yesterday, the commission sought to identify and reflect on practical, effective and implementable ways females could participate in the nation’s politics.
Recognizing that the electorate consists of diverse people with special abilities, the commission is keen in ensuring that inclusivity and participation are integral parts of its policies.
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, said at the event themed ‘INEC’s Role in ensuring Women Participation in the Electoral Process’, that the commission was committed to continually improving on the electoral process.
Such a position, he noted, was also indicative of INEC’s commitment to the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.
According to him, bringing together female politicians, academics and civil society activists across all social and political divides indicates that the workshop is a further affirmation of INEC’s unflinching commitment towards deepening participation and expanding inclusivity in its electoral process.
“There is, by now, little doubt across the world that the equal participation of women and men in public life is a key principle of democracy. Women have the right to participate in political processes that affect them, their families and societies. Countries with higher levels of women’s participation and leadership in political and electoral processes tend to be more inclusive, responsive, egalitarian and democratic. Yet, women around the world are still largely absent from national and local decision-making processes and face enormous exclusionary mechanisms that have become serious barriers to participation,” he said.
Yakubu regretted that from discrimination and violence to lack of support and resources, women face countless barriers to participate in civic and political arenas.
He further stated that strengthening women’s rights, addressing barriers to political participation and expanding civic spaces were thus critical to deepening democracy, hence the United Nations’ current global development agenda as embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) placed priority on greater gender equality through more effective participation for women in politics.