ActionAid Nigeria want implementation of 35% affirmative action in Nasarawa State
Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, has appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to implement the 35 per cent affirmative action in the appointment of commissioners and other public office holders in the state.
Obi made the plea on Wednesday in Lafia at the Nasarawa Women Summit organised by ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with the Global Peace Development and Beacon Youth Initiative.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the summit was funded by the Global Communities Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
The theme of the summit was “Preventing Violent Extremism”
Obi, represented by Mrs Tasalla Chibok, Director of Programmes of ActionAid, argued that involving women in decision making would go a long way in promoting unity, peace and engendering rapid development in the various communities in the state.
“It is obvious that women are not represented in the Nasarawa State legislative arm and we feel there is a need for them to participate in decision making and be offered the opportunity to contribute their quota in governance.
“Women are key factors in peace building in every society, as they feel the brunt of conflicts the most.
” Women can play a vital role in prevention of conflicts. If they are part of decision making process, they make great impact in ensuring peace in the state.
“They can influence their husbands and wards to eschew violence and pursue peace, hence the need for them to be given a voice, ” she said.
She said although women were always at the receiving end of conflicts, they should be seen as agents of change and be encouraged to drive the peace building process in their various communities.
Obi lauded the Nasarawa State Governor’s wife, Hajiya Silifat Sule, and the state ministry of Women Affairs, for championing the course of peace in the state and urged them to do more.
Mr Ebruke Esike, Executive Director Global Peace Development, in her presentation, said the summit was part of the “Strengthening Structures Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism” (SARVE2) project, by ActionAid Nigeria in Kogi and Nasarawa states.
Esike said the women summit, which had 1,072 women in attendance from across six local government areas of Nasarawa State, was activating the voice of women to champion peace building process as wives and mothers.
The Nasarawa State governor’s wife reiterated her commitment to championing the course of women by encouraging and supporting them, to effectively play their roles as agents of development in the state.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Hajiya Sule, also inaugurated at the summit, the state’s Action Committee for the domestication of the National Action plan on the UN Security Council resolution 1,325, which focuses on the role of women in peace building and security.
also reports that ActionAid Nigeria is a member of ActionAid International. It is a global movement with a mandate to fight for women’s right, social justice and an end to poverty.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode and Abdullahi Yusuf