The participation of women in governance and politics is of strategic importance not only for women empowerment, but because it has wider benefits and impact. The current proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments in Nigeria as vividly shown that more needs to be done through law making and effective policies that will create spaces for women to participate beyond the allotted 35 percent affirmative benchmark.
As part of the process to mitigate the above concerns, The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) led members of the Young Women in Politics Forum (YWiPF) on a learning visit to Kaduna State House of Assembly, under the auspices of the Young Women Leadership program supported by National Endowment for Democracy Project.
Welcoming the young women, Honorable Bello Zubairu Idris, the Chief Clerk of the State House Assembly commended the project’s aim to inspire young women to participate in governance. He educated them on the progress the State Government is making and the impacts so far on women’s inclusion. He further enlightened on the operations, laws and proceedings of the House giving a brief history on the past and current representation of women at the State Parliament. He concluded by urging them to contest for elective positions in coming State elections.
The young women further witnessed a parliamentary session in the House Chambers observing motions, point of order and other proceedings and committed to participate in democracy, leadership and governance processes.