By Etop Ekanem
NIGERIAN women have been advised to be in the vanguard for political reforms by using their numerical strength to ensure that they are elected into positions of authority in the country.
A lecturer at the Lagos Business School, Mr Chris Ogbechie, made the remarks at an international womenâ€™s conference organized by the Justice Development and Peace Commission in collaboration with Catholic Women Organization, CWO, with the theme: â€œ2011 Election: Women Ariseâ€ in Lagos, weekend.
Ogbechie, who spoke on â€œ2011 Election: Role of Nigerian women,â€ said this was the time for Nigerian women to influence the political process in the country, adding that women should join political parties of their choice to make a difference.
He said: â€œIf you do not join a political party, you wonâ€™t be elected, that means you will not be in a position to make a change. You cannot change a system from outside. You have to be inside to be able to make the desired change. More women in politics means more women in government, in that way they can influence laws and policies that affect women negatively.â€
Earlier, Executive Director of Justice Development and Peace Commission, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Fadele, said the conference was organised to celebrate the International Womenâ€™s Day which was set aside by the United Nations in 1975.
He said the reasons behind the UN declaration were essentially to recognise the fact that securing peace, social progress and full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedom required the active participation, equality and development of women, as well as to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace for women of the world.