2023 elections: Clamour for women’s inclusion in governance heightens as CSO commences voter’s sensitisation

2023 elections: Clamour for women’s inclusion in governance heightens as CSO commences voter’s sensitisation

  • The growing call for women’s inclusion and participation in governance has again reached a fever pitch
  • ElectHer, a non-partisan group, has revealed that it will support female candidates vying for political offices at the 2023 polls
  • Similarly, the group urged electorates to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to exercise their civic rights at the much-anticipated 2023 polls

Lagos, Victoria Island - In the 2023 general election build-up, there’s a growing call for women’s participation and inclusion in governance ahead of polls.

This was the resolution of electoral stakeholders at Green Wine Green (GWG), an end-of-year gala dinner by ElectHER in conjunction with the European Union, held in Lagos.

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ElectHer CEO Ibijoke Faborode revealed that some selected number of female candidates will be supported under its Agenda35 campaign initiative. Photo: ElectHer
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The event, themed “We are Nigeria”, was laced with many razzmatazz having the presence of Toyin Saraki, wife of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; entrepreneur and executive coach, Chioma Ikokwu aka Chioma Goodhair, ace comedian Ayo Makun and other numero unos of various industries.

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Speaking at the event, Ibijoke Faborode, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of ElectHER, said the night was inspired by the need to deploy a fusion of entertainment, fashion, and style in urging citizens to be prepared to exercise their political franchise in the coming general elections.

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2023 polls: ElectHer to support female candidates - CEO

She said:

“It is not business as usual; we have an election to run. There is just a whole lot not going on well in Nigeria. For us at ElectHER, a non-partisan women’s political advancement group, we want to ensure a people-led movement that ensures people actually take ownership of the process.
“Currently, over two million Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs, are yet to be collected in Lagos State alone. The second phase of the collection is ongoing, and we are using this medium to urge everyone to pick up their voter cards, be part of the electoral process and elect credible candidates, including women, for a better government.

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“Already, we have a list of eight female political candidates from across the country who we are particularly supporting under our Agenda35 campaign initiative, to contest and win elections in 2023. We will be mobilising social, human, and financial resources for these candidates.”

Describing Faborode’s dream as valid and urging her to continue in her quest for more women in government, Chairman, Platform Capital and Patron, ElectHER, Akintoye Akindele, said leadership is a function based on ability and not gender.

In their remarks, some of the female political candidates being supported by the ElectHER, who were present at the event, affirmed that the organisation had made the journey ten times easier and less lonely for them, unlike it usually used to be for female aspirants.

2023 polls: Clamour for women’s inclusion in governance heightens as CWSI calls for immediate action

Similarly, the continuous outcry for women's participation and inclusion in governance has reached a fever pitch.

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2023 election: Clamour for women's inclusion in governance heightens as CWSI calls for immediate action

Ahead of the much-anticipated 2023 general elections, women and young girls have been urged to stamp their authority at polls.

Championing this course, the Center for Women's Studies and Intervention (CWSI) said women must annex their opportunities now.

Source: Legit.ng

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