By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
Hundreds of women from Imo state, Monday, staged a road walk to the Owerri office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, calling for the inclusion of women in the process of governance.
The road walk under Alliances for African, AFA, started about 9am, from control post to INEC office along Porthacout road, Owerri.
Submitting their letter of demands, to the Public Relation Officer, PRO, of INEC, Mrs Emmanuela Ben Opara, by AFA, programme manager, Ogechi Ike, also said it was an engagement process ahead of 2019 elections, as regards women’s participation.
As captured by Vanguard, “Alliances for Africa, and its partners, Imo state female politicians from the various political parties, representatives of civil society organizations and Imo state chapter of Persons with disability is on a peaceful road walk.
“The road work is aimed at, amplifying the voices of women in emphasizing on the importance of women inclusion in governance and politics which can be archived through affirmative action.
“It is also an opportunity for women in Imo state to address gender based violence, cultural norms and tradition that mitigate against the inclusion of women in leadership even across party levels.
“An opportunity to commensurate 16 days of activism with the international communities. It is also an opportunity to engage and interact with INEC, with regards to the upcoming 2019 election.”
Reacting, INEC PRO, Opara, said: “We have a Resident Electoral Commissioner who is a gender sensitive person. I want you to know that INEC has a gender policy and you know that we are all together.
“We are all together against violence against women. We are all together to give women a voice. So, women are the light and you can’t hide it.”
Women of Imo state, under Alliances for African, protesting, yesterday, at the Owerri INEC, office demanding the inclusion of women in the governance process. Photo by Chinonso Alozie