The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) with support from Africa Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) under the Creating Spaces project held sensitization workshops on 11 June 2019 simultaneously for women newly recruited into political parties in Kano and Edo states. The sensitization workshops were organized to sensitize women newly recruited into political parties to have a better understanding of political parties’ structures, networking and lobbying within parties and the need for women to understand party structures and also navigate to enhance the role of women in decision making positions of political parties.
Speaking to participants at the event, Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi, CEO -NWTF urged women to rise above any form of limitation within political parties and aspire for leadership positions at all levels and should not be restricted to the position of woman leader alone. She added that, this will make it possible for women to influence party policies to ensure that women are not grossly marginalized. Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi further stated that in any society we need the experience of both women and men deepen democratic process.
In Kano state, one hundred and twenty (120) women cut across five (5) political parties; People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), Mega party, Accord party and Green party formed the participant for Kano state and Edo has one hundred and five (105) participants cut across six (6) political parties which are People’s Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Accord party, KOWA and Young Democratic Party (YDP) were all sensitized on how to be relevant in their respective political parties towards increasing women’s active participation within political parties and the nation at large.
It was an all learning and sharing sensitization workshops as the women spoke on their new entrance into political parties. They also brainstormed on how to ensure that women occupy meaningful positions in their parties going forward and against the poor experiences and marginalization of women in the just concluded 2019 General Election.