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35 pro-women organizations have charged President Muhammadu Buhari to give 35% of his appointment slot to women.
They reminded the President of his promises and good remarks he made about Nigerian women and his promise to appoint more women into his cabinet while urging him not to retract on his promise.
“Mr President, we write to gently remind you of your meeting with female parliamentarians and at the Advocacy Summit of 30 August 2018 where the implementation of 35 per cent affirmative action was raised.
“You assured us of your full support because according to you this will “improve the representation of women in our politics.’
“You said “women are dedicated and more principled and that you are confident women can make great leaders.
“You said Nigerian women are resilient and dedicated to their responsibilities. You desired “an enabling environment for women to participate in political process as women constitute more than fifty percent of voters. We thank you for your honesty and belief in Nigerian Women,” they said in a statement to the President.
The organisations decried the current under-representation of women in governance stressing that appointment of more women would signal a direction in the right path for the country.
“As you begin to put your cabinet together and make appointments across parastatals and agencies, we urge you Mr. President to create a worthy legacy and appoint 35% Women across all boards.
“We believe that a step in this direction is critical now, given the fact that women representation in governance is as low as 4%.
“You will be remembered for restoring true democracy to our dear nation and ameliorate lack of women in elective positions while achieving a Sustainable Development Goal for Nigeria.”
The pro-women group posited that appointment of 35% of women would restore the faith that President Buhari is overseeing a more inclusive society.
The organisations that signed the release are: ACTS Generation (GBV), Adinya Arise Foundation (AAF), African Women’s Initiative (AWI), Alliances For Africa (AFA), Arise Nigerian Woman Foundation, Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN), Change Managers International Network, Christian Women For Excellence And Empowerment In Nigerian Society (CWEENS), Development In Practice Gender And Entrepreneurial Initiative (DIPGEI), Echoes Of Women In Africa Initiatives, Emerge Women Empowerment And Action Research Centre, Equality Through Education Foundation (ETEF), Equity Advocates/The Woman Today Newspaper, Gender And Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI), Gender Awareness Trust (GAT),
Others are: Gender Equality, Peace And Development Centre, Girl Child Africa, HEIR Women Development, International Society Of Media In Public Health (ISMPH), Media Concern Initiative,
Network Of Reproductive Health Journalists Of Nigeria, (NRHJN), Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NTWF), Ovie Brume Future Leadership Development, Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI) P r o j e c t A l e r t O n V i o l e n c e A g a i n s t Wo m e n, South- South Professional Women Association, Widows Development Organization (Wido), Women Advocates Research And Documentation Center (WARDC), Women Aid Collectives (WACOL), Women For Peace And Gender Equality Initiative (WOPEGEE), Women In Politics Forum (WIPF), Women League For Peace And Freedom (WILPF), WOMEN RADIO 91.7, Women’s Right To Education Programme (WREP).


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