From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
A None Governmental Organization, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI) has demanded the immediate stoppage of violence against women in politics in Nigeria.
The NGO also decried low level of women participation in politics that had bedeviled the nation since the inception of its democratic process years back.
The Executive Director of the CPI, Mrs Eunice Agbogun cried out over the gender insensitivity against the female folk during her advocacy visit to the Chairman of the Kogi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Adeiza Momohjimoh, in Lokoja.
Agbogun told the NUJ Chairman that her NGO in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), is currently on aggressive campaigns that would effectively establish the link between gender-based electoral violence and the low level participation of women in politics.
According to the CPI Executive Director “Our goal is geared towards mitigating violence against the female folk during elections as well as encourage their active participation in politics”
She also cautioned against other forms of oppression that women faces in Nigeria such a physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence as well as threat and coercion menace, attributing the ugly development to living in a male dominated society like Nigeria.
Agbogun however, proffered solutions to the problem which includes improving girl’s access to quality education to create fair competition with their male counterparts, breaking the culture of tradition-induced gender inequality by engaging relevant traditional authorities and replacement of obnoxious traditions with positive, gender-friendly models.
Responding, the Kogi NUJ Chairman, Adeiza Momohjimoh, described violence in which ever form as a serious threat to the nation’s democracy urging the NGO to extend its violence campaigns across board and not restricted to women alone.
The Chairman promised to give necessary support publicity wise to enable the organization achieve its goal stressing that “As partners in progress, we shall collectively join hands to ensure that we get there through your sensitization campaigns”.