October 24, 2023

Include PWD, women in politics to promote good governance – FG told

People with disabilities

By Favour Ulebor, Abuja

To promote good governance in Nigeria, a non-governmental organization, Gender Strategy Advancement International, GSAI, has said People with Disabilities, PWD, Women, should be considered in the decision making process, and given political positions.

Executive Director GSAI, and Journalist, Adora Sydney Jack said this during a workshop on Inclusive Investigation Training on Gender Accountability in Governance, which was organised by GSAI, Gender Accountability and Inclusivity in Nigeria, GAIN, and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA, on Monday in Abuja.

Adora noted that the inclusion, shows the willingness of the government to carry along Nigerians.

She also charged journalists to be deliberate about PWD and women inclusion reportage, adding that the government must be held accountable for lack of inclusion.

She said, “For democracy to thrive, we need to have an inclusive society in an Inclusive space; and what that means is that, not just inclusion of women but also inclusion of person’s with Disabilities.

“Right now, i can say there is a thin space for not just women but also for person’s with Disabilities and it goes from appointments that has been made, from the reports that has been given. PWD, especially women and youths must participate in politics and also in the process of that participation.

“Going forward, we need to be deliberate about inclusive reportage, deliberate about accountability, holding government accountable for the lack of inclusion of this classification of people, is to hold government accountable for this vulnerable group and I can tell you that it is only the media that has that charge; it is our duty, first point of call to begin to ask the questions that matters. I believe the media can do more in terms of inclusion for women and PWD, we need to look at advocacy from a place of inclusion and not a place of alternative” Adora said.

Also speaking, Program Officer gender at Inclusive friends association, and gender equity and inclusion advocate, Sussan Ihuoma noted that people with disabilities don’t need sympathy but empathy, adding that women with disabilities should be considered in every sector.

She said ” we have 31M people with disabilities in Nigeria, women with disabilities face unique challenges due to double discrimination they often experience based on both gender and disability. I am disabled, but that did not stop me from getting three degrees, we don’t need sympathy, we need empathy, we being disabled does not affect our capacity to get things done ” Sussan said.

The Editor in chief Forefront Magazine, Amos Dunia, while stressing on the need for women to wake up, noted that the government must provide an enabling environment for the girl child to thrive.

“Nigeria women must also wake up and seek accountability by acting as agents who can inform priority setting and decision making and not remain mere passive beneficiaries of development but demand answers from policy makers and insist on penalising poor decision making” Amos said.

In his remarks, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ Abuja Chairman, Osaretin Patrick who was represented by his vice, Timothy Choji urged journalists to write on issues, pointing out areas that should be improved on by the government.