Stakeholders have canvassed for the inclusion of the female gender in all the processes leading to the 2023 general elections as well as leadership positions in the country.
They also decried the poor implementation of 35 percent Affirmative Action in Nigeria.
Speaking during Gender Inclusive Governance organised by Akin Fadeyi Foundation yesterday, the executive director TA Connect, Dr Lilian Anomnachi, said what is playing out in the polity negates the right thing in terms of inclusion.
Anomnachi stressed the need for equity and inclusion, saying to achieve gender inclusiveness, there was a need to start from an early age via mentorship.
She said the political space is male-dominated, which according to her, starts from childhood.
The coordinator of Africa Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) Dr Chido Onumah said there must be a deliberate attempt for women to attain leadership positions.
Onumah noted that when women attain leadership positions that is when they can make a critical decision amid the failure of lawmakers to reconsider their stance on some gender equality and equal opportunity bills.
On her part, the programme director of MacArthur Foundation Nigeria Dr Amina Salihu stressed the need to pay attention to the life cycle trajectory from childhood to adulthood.
She added that both female and male children must be raised equally.