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  • Updated: March 12, 2024

Gender equality, inclusive governance through women political participation — HFDI

Gender equality, inclusive governance through women politica

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The Hope for Family Development Initiatives (HFDI) has identified that women's political participation in South West Nigeria is crucial for achieving gender equality and inclusive governance.

HFDI also hinted that empowering female elected candidates is essential for enhancing women's voices in decision-making processes and promoting a more equitable society. 

The group made this known on Tuesday during a media briefing in Osogbo.

Represented by the Communication Officer, Bisola Ariwodoola, the HFDI Executive Director, Stephen Aremu noted that challenges discouraging women participation in politics included, "cultural and societal barriers, lack of financial resources, limited access to education and training, institutional barriers and gender based violence and limitations."

Strategies for advancement according to him included, "gender sensitive legislation, financial support mechanisms, capacity building programmes, gender mainstreaming in political parties and public awareness campaigns.

"Empowering female elected candidates is essential for advancing women's political participation and achieving gender equality in South West Nigeria. 

"By addressing the barriers women face and implementing targeted strategies, we can create a more inclusive and representative political system that benefits all members of society. 

"It is imperative that stakeholders at all levels work collaboratively to support women's leadership and ensure that women have an equal voice in shaping the future of our communities and nation."

While disclosing that the programme is to be implemented in Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States, Aremu added that the project is aimed at increasing the participation of women in political processes thereby promoting gender equality. 

"The project will be implementing capacity building trainings for women aspirants, town halls meeting with community stakeholders, consultative meeting with stakeholders and sensitisation workshops for young girls on the importance of women involvement in politics."

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