As activities begin and heat up towards the conduct of the 2019 general elections, Professional Women Associations and organizations in Edo State have risen from a meeting with the following resolutions:-
- That in the last four years women participation in elective positions in Edo State has continued to decrease to our dismay. This is not good enough for inclusive policy making and implementation.
- That the issue of 35% affirmative action for women in all the elective and appointive positions should be taken seriously and effected by all political parties in the forthcoming election.
- That it is not acceptable to deny women aspirants’ equal access to party members and party resources to better their chances of winning nomination of their chosen political parties.
- That a Supreme Court judgment has now permitted civil servants to join political parties; however, where they join they should not be victimized by the incumbent government.
- That the women professionals sue for peace before, during and after the election as this is the only way to ensure a credible, free and fair election in 2019.
- That media houses should abide by the Nigerian Code of Election Coverage to ensure that women and other under-represented groups are given equal access to the media for objectivity, balance and equity.
- That the women professionals eschew and abhor the use of violence to prevent women from freely participating in the elective process as contestants or voters.
- The women professionals urge Edo state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki to go a step further by appointing more women into appointive positions in the days ahead to make the 35% affirmative action a reality in the state.
- Failure to abide by these demands will continue to fester the non-inclusion of women in decision making positions and deny them of their right to speak for themselves on issues that affect women and the nation.
NIGERIA WOMEN TRUST FUND (NWTF)
WOMEN IN POLITICS FORUM (WIPF)
NAWOJ, EDO STATE
NLC WOMEN COMMITTEE
FIDA, EDO STATE
TRADE UNION CONGRESS WOMEN COMMISSION
NCWS, EDO STATE
MARKET WOMEN ASSOCIATION, EDO STATE
FOMWAN, EDO STATE