The Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON), has called on all political parties in the country to ensure that their deputy governorship slots are reserved for women.
The group is a nonpartisan, non-religious and non-governmental organisation committed to the promotion of the rights of women and children with United Nations Special Consultative Status.
WOCON, in a statement by its Executive Director, Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, noted with dismay that majority of the political parties did not have women as their governorship candidates saying, “we have noted with grave concern that as is customary majority of the political parties do not have women as their gubernatorial candidates despite the numerical strength of women as
“Consequently, we wish to remind the parties of their commitment to ensuring that women are active participants in the executive positions so as to guarantee sustainable development in our country.
“To this end we strongly urge the political parties to ensure that the deputy governorship positions are reserved for the women in their respective parties towards attaining at least 35 percent affirmative action.
“Needless to say that the women of this country and gender friendly men have resolved to reject same sex candidates for the governorship and deputy governorship positions.
“We call on all Nigerians to support this call for a better future for us all as we have no oher country”.
WOCON is endorsed by the following organisations: Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC); Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN); Legal Research and Resource Development Centre (LRRDC); West African Network for Peace Building Nigeria (WANEP);
Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre Human Environment Development Agenda (HEDA); Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF); Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP); and Societal Development Concerns Initiative (SDCI).