The National Center for Women Development has embarked on a sensitization campaign to raise the consciousness of Nigerian women at the Grassroots in carrying out their civic rights and responsibilities during elections.
Director General of the Center, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta made this known in Abuja at a media conference to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
According to her, it was necessary to promote women’s leadership in Nigeria through popular mobilization of women at the grassroots to ensure sustainable grassroots democracy and good governance through the proactive participation of women.
“Due to patriarchy, political violence, insurgency, the continuous violence before and after election has plummeted the number of women casting their votes, the center is mobilizing women and girls especially at the grassroots level on the need to know the power of their civic rights and use their vote to empower women and put them in decision making positions” she said
Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta further said that available statistics showed that though the percentage of women registered voters was high, the number of women that voted during election in 2019 was relatively low which threatened the quest for more women in elective and appointive positions.