NGO Campaigns For Women Emancipation In Kwara State
A gender based Non-Governmental Organization under the aegis of Coalition of Women Associations in Kwara State has expressed concern at the recent development of an attempt to shut out what it described as gender consideration in the scheme of governance of the incoming political dispensation in the state.
The group at a press conference held in Ilorin appealed for support for the only elected female member at the Kwara State House of Assembly representing Essa/Shawo/Igbodun Constituency, Mrs Mariam Joy Adeniran, to retain her mandate.
In an address, Spokesperson of the group, Mrs. Ayobola Olupinla explained that with her victory at the poll, Mrs Adeniran’s success represents just 4.16 percent of the membership strength as against the 20.14 percent women-membership of the outgoing Assembly where five females are Honorable Members.
Mrs Olupinla who maintained that the percentage grossly negates the Thirty five percent affirmative action recommended by the United Nations for women slot in elective and appointive positions in governments globally.
She expressed their aim to reject the Appeal Court judgment of Fifth of this month and called on the National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress as well as the State Working Committee of the Kwara APC, to prevail on the plaintiff in the suit seeking to remove the only female Member-Elect in the Kwara House of Assembly as Mrs Adeniran who had already been issued Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In a remark, Mrs Mariam Joy Adeniran appreciated the coalition for the show of concern and solidarity stressing that the struggle is a collective task towards the emancipation of women as well as repositioning their thoughts towards encouraging them to be politically conscious and by extension, nurturing democracy to maturity.
Mrs Adeniran who restated her unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the progress of APC, towards ensuring that every woman in Kwara gets the desired dividends of democracy through effective lawmaking process in the State House of Assembly.