Women can also become involved in certain aspects of the decision-making process through independent action, particularly at the local level where all forms of participation are derived from the freedom to speak out, assemble and associate; the ability to take part in the conduct of community affairs; and the unstriped opportunity to the lead.
It was within the above purview that members of the Young Women in Politics Forum (YWiPF) under the Nigerian Women Trust Fund Young Women Leaders Project (YWLP) organized a community sensitization event at Papa Lada community in Nassarawa State. The meeting provided the opportunity to unravel some of the challenges affecting the active participation of women and young women in local politics. It also gave the opportunity for women of the community to meaningfully dialogue with the community head and other male gate keepers on some of their concerns in relations to their incapacitation to lead.
In their usual practice, the ambassadors of YWLP also used the event to sensitize female members of the community on their roles in the electoral process. With specific harping on the 2019 general elections, they were encouraged to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) or register in the ongoing Continuous Voters Register exercise while they cascade learnt lessons to other members of the community.