Akure,The Stop Violence against Women in Elections (VAWIE), a Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), on Monday in Akure called for an environment conducive for women participation in politics.
Mrs Bunmi Niyi-Arajuwa, representing the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), said this during a news conference against the background of the recently concluded governorship election in Ondo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that VAWIE is an initiative that seeks to establish a link between gender-based electoral violence and the low level of participation of women in politics.
Its overall goal is to mitigate violence against women during elections and encourage them to actively participate in politics.
According to Niyi-Arajuwa, the campaign is implemented in Ondo state by FIDA, Ondo State Women and Development Initiative (WADI) with support from National Democratic Institute, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
She lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its decision to do accreditation and voting at the same time, “the method made it easy for people to cast their votes”.
Niyi-Arajuwa urged INEC to endeavour to separate voting queues to accommodate pregnant women, aged people, women and men separately and respectively in forthcoming elections.
She called on security agents to live up to their responsibility of calling party agents to order at polling units and cautioned them to obey electoral laws at polling units.
“Despite the few cases of violence against women before, during and after elections, women should not be discouraged from participating in the electoral process.
“Rather, they should feel embolden to have a voice in determining the future of their great country.
“Women should be encouraged to take advantage of their numerical strength, education and global democratic trend to find a space in political space.
“They should continue to do so peacefully and lawfully without succumbing to fear and intimidation,” Niyi-Arajuwa said.