In Support of Affirmative Action for Women : Statement by Concerned Nigerians to the PDP National Convention

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The situation analysis that lends itself to the persistent agitation for meaningful recognition of women in the Nigerian political space by Nigerian women and other concerned stakeholders is not new. These analyses have drawn on well-founded researches as well as other scientific national data to highlight the disproportionate distribution of decision-making roles held by women viz-a-viz the sheer numerical strength of Nigerian women. Nigeria’s subscription to the Millennium Declaration of 2000; and her commitment to the realization of the MDGs including Goal #3 had laid to rest the hitherto argument that leadership and decision-making is an exclusive gender role assigned to men. The meritorious performances of countless women as leaders and decision-makers in households, communities, and in the public and private sphere have further confirmed that the social construction and popular perception of gender roles is indeed a barrier to the realization of women’s full potentials in every field of endeavor in Nigeria and must be discarded as our dear country moves on to take her pride of place in the comity of nations.

 

By its manifest commitment to the realization of the MDGs, including the goal for gender equality and women’s empowerment, the Government of Nigeria has overtly demonstrated its obligation to support women’s consistently valid demands for an expansion of the political space to allow for the meaningful participation of more women. The National Gender Policy endorsed by the Federal Executive Council in 2006 gave additional impetus for replicate sub-sector policies and affirmations that aim to increase women’s political empowerment. The People’s Democratic Party, Africa’s largest party, commendably blazed the trail with a provision in its 2011 Constitution as amended in section 1(6)(7)  that “ in nomination for party offices, not less than 35% shall be reserved for women”. The upcoming national convention of the PDP provides the ruling party with an opportunity to demonstrate exemplary commitment to its own constitutional affirmation.

It is in the light of the foregoing that the undersigned concerned Nigerians write to remind the PDP that the women of Nigeria together with other well-meaning and progressive Nigerians, who believe in the worthy cause of women’s active participation in all aspects of governance, expect nothing less than 35% of all positions to be contested during the national convention holding on the 24th March 2012 to be reserved for women and contested by women only. Nigerians and Nigerian women in particular hold the PDP in high esteem as evident by the overwhelming turn-out of women voters and supporters in successive elections. It is time for the PDP to reciprocate this goodwill by keeping promises made. We are all watching.

Long live the PDP!

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Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

List of Signatories in Support of 35% Affirmative Action for Women in PDP National Convention

1NameSexEmail
2 Otive IgbuzorMotiveigbuzor@yahoo.co.uk
3 Ejiro IgbuzorFEjiro_igbuzor@yahoo.co.uk
4Josephine AnenihFjoanenih@yahoo.com
5Maryam UwaisFmaryamu@wali-uwais.com
6Vincent OkwechimeMVincent.okwechime@yahoo.com
7Dominic ObozuwaMDe.obozuwa@gmail.com
8Oby NwankwoFnwankwooby@yahoo.com
9Saudatu MahdiFSaudatu@yahoo.com
10Philomena AgbeyegbeFphiloagbeyegbe@hotmail.com
11Boniface KassamMBonkas204@yahoo.com
12Feyisetan Onyeajuwa KareemMkarowo@gmail.com
13Rosemary OsikoyaFRojochenemi@yahoo.com
14Angela OnwaezeFwomendevgroup@yahoo.com
15Carol AjieFCarolajie@yahoo.com
16Oladipupo BaruwaMbaruwadipo@yahoo.com
17Ayo ObeFAyo_obe@yahoo.com
18Maureen Lance-OnyeiwuFmaureenlance@yahoo.com
19Olufunke BaruwaFFunke_baruwa@yahoo.com
20Nkereuwem AkpanMchiefnkereudofia@yahoo.com
21Nkoyo ToyoFnkoyotoyo@gmail.com
22Aisha OsoriFayishao@gmail.com
23Constance Meju AmazonaF
24Ojochide Atojoko-OmovbudeMchidatojoko@yahoo.com
25Ene EdeFEneede@gmail.com
26Rekiya Abaji-AbdulkadirFreckybest@yahoo.com
27Dennis ItyavyarMdentyav@yahoo.com
28Jibrin IbrahimMJibo72@yahoo.com
29Michael OberaborMajokpa@yahoo.com
30Osaro OdemwingieMOsaroodemwingie@yahoo.com
31Joy EzeiloFezeilojoy@yahoo.co.uk
32Gloria OsujiFglovintage@yahoo.co.uk
33Wumi Asubiaro-DadaFWumi.asubiaro@gmail.com
34Ezinwa OkoroaforFezinwaokoroafor@yahoo.com
35Rabi AbdullahiFrabiremawa@yahoo.com
36Faith NwadishiFNwadishifaith2007@gmail.com
37National Council of Women SocietiesFncwsnigeria@yahoo.com
38Gender and Affirmative ActionFGaa.ibp@gmail.com
39Women Foundation of NigeriaFjoanenih@yahoo.com
40Julie Ade-ColeF
41Ego EzumaF
42Chinelo IrieleF
43Ambassador OnojaM
44Rosemary AgbajiF
45Feminist Movement in Nigeria
46Generation Next International
47League of Women Voters in Nigeria
48Ngukwase SurmaFngukwase@gmail.com
49Edwin UsangMEddyusang61@yahoo.com
50Pascal AnozieMpascalmbaogu@yahoo.com
51Priscilla AchakpaFwep
52Abiola Akiyode-AfolabiFwomenadvocates@yahoo.com
53Lewis EkiyorMelpngr@yahoo.co.uk
54Auwal MusaMrafsanjanikano@aol.com
55Franca AfegbuaFvwidowscare@yahoo.com

 

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