The Kwara State Government has again shown it’s support for women occupying political and non political positions in the state and in the nation at large.
The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Elder Kayode Alabi made this known during a peaceful protest by All Women Led Non Governmental Organisations led by the CEO Global Hope for Women and Children, Mrs. Christy Abayomi to Government House.
The Deputy Governor stressed that the power is in the hands of women as there are more women than men in the Country.
Alabi stated that the cause is allowed for more women participation as every other citizens of the country, explaining that they have right to ask for whatever in democracy.
He therefore, assured the women of the state government’s support as they are expected to come out as card carrying members coming 2023 elections.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Mopelola Abdulmaliq-Bashir who led the protest to Government House stated that women should support women.
She said women who are capable should come out not only as voters but also as card carrying members of a party.
She furthered said that she was elated to be part of this cause as one of her duties in the ministry is to ensure that women are mainstreaming into politics and she believes it will be possible as Kwara State is already doing it and more will be done.
Abdulmaliq-Bashir appreciates the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for not being gender biased in appointing his cabinets.
“Kwara State have started it and we do not plan to stop, what we want is for others to follow and also to the national level” she stated.
She said the battle has just began and the ministry is in support and ready to fight together.
Also speaking at the meeting, the CEO Global Hope for Women and Children, Mrs. Christy Abayomi who led other NGOs, she said the 20% against the proposed 35% of party leadership for women is not accepted.
She said Nigerian women were disappointed when the bill was presented on Wednesday which called for an emergency call of Civil Society Organisations.
She said that women groups were to lend their voices to the rejection of the bill and proposing for revisit of gender bill because the constitution cannot be ammended without the passage of the gender bill.
Present at the meeting are, the former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Ayinke Saka, Iyaloja Kwara State, Alhaja Adenike Abdulkareem Lambe, State Chairperson Nigeria League of Women Voters, Mrs. Folashade Aransiola, CEO Olive Community Development Initiative Mrs. Oluwatomi Adeleke, Women for Women Community and Hajia Bilikis Oladimeji among others.