09 October 2020 by Nkiru Nnoli
A Non -Governmental Organization, Coalition of Young Female Candidates(CYFC) has called on the Federal Government to establish a legal framework that will support, promote and protect the interest of female politicians before,during and after elections.
National President of CYFC, Lady Doris Amaka made the call at the second annual conference of the group in Abuja.
Lady Doris Amaka who enumerated the challenges being faced by women in politics,stressed the need for an effective support system to check the trend.
“We need Government to initiate a bill to support women financially in elections, we need mobilization and funding of their campaign”To open up dialogue between stakeholders, organizations to see more engagement with female candidates across board”
The National President who noted that Nigeria has the lowest percentage of women in Parliament in Africa,urged women to be actively involved in governance.
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“Looking at the above statistics, Nigeria has 6.0%, the lowest in Africa, l therefore urge all women to rise up and fight for women inclusion in governance (Aba women did it in 1929)we can do the same in preparation for 2023 through peaceful protests and constructive negotiations”
She however stressed the need for effective mentoring and empowerment of young females in achieving the desired change.
Highlights of the event includes award presentation to some personalities who have supported in advancing the course of women in the country.