Posted by News Express | 1 February 2019 | 623 times
The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has urged Nigerian women to discourage their husbands and children from engaging in electoral violence during the forthcoming general elections.
Erelu Fayemi made the call at the Forum of Women Leaders across public and private sectors to promote advocacy for the involvement of women for a peaceful election in the country. The forum which was held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja yesterday, was an initiative of the United Nations, Nigeria and the African Union.
She said women can play very significant roles in politics and government by registering as voters, participating in the voting exercise and discouraging their husbands and children from engaging in electoral violence.
According to a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Funmi Ajala, Erelu Fayemi said the success of the coming elections in the country depended largely on how effective Nigerian women mobilise and work towards the peaceful conduct of the polls.
This, she said, is achievable if every woman would discourage her husband and children from engaging in violence acts in addition to active participation in the registration process and the actual voting.
Erelu Fayemi also cautioned on the use of social media in spreading falsehood, adding that emphasis should be placed on the positive aspect of the social media technology at the expense of the negative trend of using it to create crisis through fake news.
“Let us go easy on what we do or what we say on social media. It’s something that is extremely powerful and we are very grateful for the advantages these technologies have avail us in terms of coalition building, mobilisation and creating awareness.
“If care is not taken, it can also be a tool that can cause wars. So, please be careful about what you disseminate, about what you post on social media and how quick we are to forward messages we receive on WhatsApp.”
She hinted that the African Women’s Leadership Network (AWLN), a pan-African network, which brings together women leaders across the African continent, would soon be launched in Nigeria after its debut in New York, United States of America, and five other African countries.
“We will be prioritising inter-generational organisations and encourage young women to go into leadership positions for us to continue to support them with mentoring, guidance and capacity building. This is because the young ones bring different perspectives and energies on leadership, and we all have the roles that we can play.”
Also speaking at the meeting, the UN Women Country Representative, Ms Comfort Lamptey, said that peaceful elections devoid of all forms of violence, can only happen when citizens fully understand how it impacts our progress as individuals, citizens and as a nation. “Women need active role in elections. We need women’s full participation not only as voters but also in increasing women in leadership positions as well as in peace committees,” Ms Lamptey noted.
Among the dignitaries present at the forum were Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi; Dr Remi Ajibewa of the ECOWAS Commission, wife of the Katsina State Governor, Dr Hadiza Aminu Masari, Mr Edward Kallon, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria amongst other leaders at the event.
The African Women Leader Network is a regional platform that has the aim of enabling women leaders engage in high level advocacy with institutions within the region at the national and international level.
It also aims serving as a diverse forum for high level advocacy for women of the African continent and a space to bring women leaders together, whether in public, private or civil society sector and to support one another through capacity building, mentoring, and mutual support initiatives.
No comments yet. Be the first to post comment.