African Women leaders network have called for the protection of rights of women in elections for a peaceful and credible poll.
They made the call at a forum to promote peaceful elections in Abuja.
The forum was organized by the UN women, African Union and the Embassy of Germany to discuss strategies on how women can contribute to the peaceful elections.
Speaking during the event, the UN women representives Comfort Lamtey explained that the objective of the forum was to build an agenda for the women to unite and appealed to relevant authorities to ensure that women rights are protected.
Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria , MS Regine Hess described the role of women as critical to the political development of the country and encouraged them to be active in seeking political positions.
Wife of the Ekiti state Governor Mrs Bisi-Adeleye Fayemi said the nation had achieve alot in the implementation of gender policies and appealed to the eight National Assembly and state House of Assemblies to pass the gender equal opportunities Bill to promote equal participation of women in politics.
Wife of the Katsina state Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Bello Masari advised women to come out en mass to vote candidates of their choice irrespective of tribe and religious affiliations.
The African women leadership network is an initiative that seeks to create space for African women to share leadership experiences with focus on governance, peace and development.