Groups demand 35% female ministers from Buhari
Several groups in the country have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to honour his promise given at the advocacy summit held in August last year by ensuring 35% appointment of female ministers.
This appeal was contained in a release signed by 35 groups reminding the president of his meeting with female parliamentarians at the advocacy summit of 30th August, 2018 where the implementation of 35 per cent affirmative action was raised.
“You assured us of your full support because according to you this will “improve the representation of women
in our politics.’’
You said “women are dedicated and more principled and that you are confident women can make great leaders.”
You said Nigerian women are resilient and dedicated to their responsibilities.
You desired “an enabling environment for women to participate in political process as women constitute more than fifty percent of voters.”
The groups thanked Mr. President for his honesty and belief in Nigerian women, as he begins to put his cabinet together and make appointments across parastatals and agencies.
“We urge you Mr. President to create a worthy legacy and appoint 35% women across all boards. We believe that a step in this direction is critical now, given the fact that women representation in governance is as low as 4%.”
According to them, by doing this, the president will be remembered for restoring true democracy to our dear nation, ensuring more women in leadership positions while achieving a Sustainable Development Goal for Nigeria.
“You will restore our faith that a more inclusive society that works for every citizen is possible under your leadership. Nigerian women are hopeful of your commitment towards fulfilling the promise for inclusion.” The groups concluded.
The release was signed by Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN, ACTS Generation GBV,
Adinya Arise Foundation (AAF),
African Women’s Initiative (AWI),
Alliances For Africa (AFA),
Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation,
Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN),
Change Managers International Network,
Christian Women For Excellence And Empowerment In Nigerian Society (CWEENS),
Development In Practice Gender And Entrepreneurial Initiative (DIPGEI),
Echoes of Women In Africa Initiatives,
Empowerment And Action Research Centre,
Equality Through Education Foundation (ETEF),
Equity Advocates/The Woman Today Newspaper,
Gender And Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI),
Gender Awareness Trust (GAT),
Gender Equality, Peace And Development Centre, Girl Child Africa, HEIR Women Development, International Society of Media In Public Health (ISMPH),
Media Concern Initiative, Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NTWF), Ovie Brume Future Leadership Development, Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), Project Alert On Violence Against Women, South- South Professional Women Association. Widows Development Organization (Wido), Women Advocates Research And Documentation Center (WARDC), Women Aid Collectives (WACOL), Women For Peace And Gender Equality Initiative (WOPEGEE), Women In Politics Forum (WIPF), Women League For Peace And Freedom (WILPF), WOMEN RADIO 91.7 and Women’s Right To Education Programme (WREP).