The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), has trained political party leaders on gender policy compliance and the inclusion of youths and people living with disabilities in their political party structure.
In his opening address, the director of research and chief operating officer, National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre (NIPSS-PPLPDC) Prof. Habu Galadima said the workshop was organised to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic process and improve the participation of women, youths and people with disabilities in political leadership positions.
Galadima revealed that statistics show that women are underrepresented in both elective and appointive positions beginning with their political parties
“Going by statistics, it is quite clear that women are underrepresented in both elective and appointive positions and it starts with the political parties.
“How many women are chairpersons of political parties? We are tired of having women leaders, we want to have women chairpersons of political parties. We want to see more women presidential aspirants and more women represented at the National Assembly,” he said.
He charged women and youths to take up political party leadership positions in order to influence policies that will enable them to achieve more elective and appointive positions.
“This workshop is organised to sensitise women to ensure that they participate actively in political decisions in their political parties. Be aware of gender policies that will be mainstreamed into their political parties and ensure that political parties comply with these gender policies set themselves for the political parties.”
Speaking further he noted that the youths and people living with disabilities who have a significant voting population have not been mainstreamed into political offices.
“We need more people with disabilities in leadership positions, if they can vote you into office they can also be voted for so they need to be given a chance,” he said.
The national chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Hon. Muhammad Nalado said there is need to allow more women and youths in political party positions.
Nalado added that the council has adopted strategies to encourage other political parties to allow more women and youths in political party exco positions.
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