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Women’s Participation in Politics Imperative to National Growth – NOA

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for increased participation of women in the electoral processes, to promote the entire spectrum of the value chain of national growth and development.
The Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, gave the advice on Monday at the National Unveiling of a Project and Orientation meeting between the National Action for Women Agenda (NAWA) Zonal/State Coordinators and NOA State Directors in Abuja.
Abari said that women had played key roles historically in human development across Africa and indeed the world, adding that their participation and inclusion should be sustained and increased.
“The role of women in peacebuilding, governance, and socio-political development is coming under increasing interrogation with a view to ensuring an increasing trajectory in women’s development.
“Women’s participation in politics on the other hand is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy.
“Their participation in politics facilitates direct women engagement in public decision making which is essential for inclusive national growth,” NOA Chief said.
In her remarks, the National President of NAWA, Hajiya Hauwa Bagu, stressed the need to build the potential of poor women and girls through active involvement in economic empowerment, representation in policy processes and political decision-making.
Bagu said that these were the essential solutions to achieve lasting peace and security in the country.
According to her, these will also improve human security, by making women attain economic independence, hence the need for this project at this material time.
“The focus of NAWA is predicated on the need for women to play an increased and participatory role in peacebuilding, governance and socio-political and economic development of the country.
“NAWA is a Non-governmental organisation, conceived in 2020 and came into operation in 2022 for the promotion of sustainable peace and justice, good governance and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
“These are being achieved through advocacy, public enlightenment, dialogue, vocational skills, seminars, workshops, symposiums and conferences in Nigeria,” she said. (NAN)


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