Young Women in Politics Forum (YWIPF) on Tuesday, 10th of July 2018 went on a learning visit to the Ondo State House of Assembly under the auspices of the Young Women Leaders Project of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) and supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).This aims to further build in young girls, leadership proficiency and strategic propensity to be responsive and responsible leaders who can engage the political system and subsequently contest and win elections in the future.
An interactive session, led by the Director of Legislative Affiars, Chief Oyedeyi O. K and Clerk of the House, Mr. Bode Micheal Adejehi, provided the opportunity for members of YWIPF to engage with the State House Representatives on women’s inclusion within the legislative arm of the State. In his response, The Clerk of the House commended the initiative as that which will inspire other young women to participate in governance. He consequently educated the young women on operations, laws and proceedings of the house while a brief history on the past and current representation of women in the Ondo State Parliament was given.
The young women also paid an advocacy visit to the Chairman Akure South Local Government Council, Comrade Oluwatuji Olasoji. In their discussions, members of YWIPF lauded the various economic opportunities being put in place for women of the state to become self-sufficient while further appeal was tabled for same gesture to be extended to young women in Ipasan community to advance their participation in election process.
In his response, the Chairman was quick to mention that Akure South Local Council comprises of gender responsive communities. To buttress this point, he was quick to point out that the only two (2) female legislators currently in the State House of Assembly got their executive mandates from the Council. Furthermore, the Council currently owns the record to have produced the first Female Speaker of the State House of Assembly, he said.
The council Chairman also hinted of the communal slogan “No Woman No Man”, used to propagate and re-echo the exigency for a gender balanced communal leadership; a slogan he urged members of the Forum to carry forward as they continue as gender champions.