Chima Azubuike, Gombe state.
A senior Programme officer, Leadtots and Human Development Services, Seun Justin, on Wednesday said more women are needed to make the needed change in governance of Gombe state and the country.
Justin stated this during a two day capacity building workshop on Women Peer Support Network organised with support from National Endowment for Democracy, held at Wildan house Gombe.
He said the workshop is geared towards addressing the gap between men and women in political sphere in the leadership and governance in the North Eastern Nigeria.
He added that from 2019 election the participation of Women in Politics had experienced a clandestine reduction saying that “This initiative is coming as a result of the marginalization of women in the North East, from the last election women participation dropped, to one of the worst scenarios we have had in Nigeria and that spurred our concern which includes building the capacity of Women, prepare and mentor them for political participation as well as organize them into a support network where they can support themselves. From previous surveys women have challenges supporting themselves.”
While calling on women to take their place in the scheme of things, Justin said the peer support network cuts across women from various strata of the society adding that it includes women from civil society and those active in politics.
“They will be advocating for gender inclusive policies or policies that increases gender inclusion for women participation. Immediately after this training participants will be doing what we call step down where they will pass the information or the lessons learnt to other women the categories of women we expect them to pass all these information to are market women those active in the market space. We intend to link them up for positive networking.” he added.