By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Stakeholders have called for greater empowerment of women in the country as a means of ensuring their greater participation in the nation’s body politics.
This was the consensus of views on Monday at a one-day leadership capacity building workshop for women leaders in political parties from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States held in Lagos organized by a civil society, Women Arise for Change.
Those who spoke on the occasion include; the President of Women Arise for Change, WAC, Joe Okei-Odumakin, a Nollywood actor, Saheed Balogun, Rhoda Robinson of the Hacey’s Health Initiative and scores of others.
Okei-Odumakin stated that the workshop was in fulfillment of the mandate of her group’s aimed at empowerment of women, saying the occasion was a move to help women secure their place in the nation’s politics.
“The workshop is organized as part of the mandate of Women Arise for Change in improving the lots of women in politics. It is also aimed at enhancing the participation of women in politics.”
She added that “What we seek to do is to equip women to take part in politics. We have invited women from all the political parties in the country. We are trying to equip women who would in turn address all issues of development in the country.”
Commenting, Balogun told women to assist one another when one of them come forward to seek political office, adding that many of them would attain the much touted affirmative benchmark for women’s participation in politics.
“I remember during the last presidential primaries of the PDP, it was a woman who challenged President Goodluck Jonathan for the ticket, the woman was Sarah Jubril who stood up to campaign. Women were at the primaries and she only got one vote, Where were the women?” he said.