The FCT Chapter of “Women for Women’’ (W4W), a global network for Women political emancipation has urged women in the FCT to increase prominence in political participation ahead of the 2019 general election.
Mrs Monique Ogon, National Representative of the network gave the advice at a Town Hall Meeting with some women groups and women aspirants on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ogon said women occupied a critical space in the country’s political spectrum, adding that it was the time the women knew the greater political strength they had.
She said women must rise from their comfort zones and delve into the active political contest, adding that it was only by doing so that they could be taken seriously.
Ogon also noted that religious and traditional practices that had limited women participation in politics no longer matter.
“You can be highly religious and still participate in the politics of the country where issues and policies that affect us all are decided.
“We must also support each other in respect of political leanings to win elective offices. Women must resolve to vote for themselves.
“I charge you all to ask questions about the plans aspirants have in stock for women and children before we support them in an election’’, Ogon said.
Ogon said the town hall meeting had become imperative so as to sensitize participants on the variables to look out for before they vote or be asked to be voted for.
She said the exercise would be replicated in the 36 states of the federation before the 2019 general election, adding that the women were more than before prepared to contest elective offices.
Hajia Binta Ibrahim expressed delight on the efforts of the network to galvanise the Nigerian woman into becoming a virile political change agent.
She said the campaign was an extra tonic that would undoubtedly reposition women in the FCT toward political awareness and participation.
Ibrahim, explained further that the wives of the Chairmen of the six Area Councils would be used as contact persons to reach women at the grass root.
According to her, the exercise will continue until the message has been sufficiently internalized by women and the stakeholders.
On some of the unwholesome practices during elections, Ibrahim said the government must ensure the security of lives and property were guaranteed.
She also said the incidences of vote buying, and ballots’ snatching should be allowed to play out in 2019, adding that enabling atmosphere must be in place for women to duly participate in the process.
Mrs Idongisit Isung, Representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the event, said women must take cognizance of the strength they had.
She, however, said women must be interested in the political process before their voting power could become meaningful.
Isung said that women must take advantage of the extended deadline for voter registration, adding that those who had not collected their PVCs must endeavour to do so.
Delivering a lecture on “Politics and Ethics’’, the Grassroots spokesperson of the W4W, Mrs Stella Esu, said it was possible for women to play politics of “compassion and purity”.
She urged women politicians to imbibe morality and positive values even when such dispositions made them stand alone among their contemporaries.