Nigeria: Women urged to play role in politics, governance

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Nigeria: Women urged to play role in politics, governance

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As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), has issued a wakeup call to women all over Nigeria to begin to play an active role in politics and governance.

The non-profit organization has, over the last 17 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector.

In a statement made available to BusinessDay by Olubunmi Talabi, senior staff of the organisation, WIMBIZ commends all the individuals who have put themselves up to be elected to serve the country. In particular, recognition is given to the courageous women all over the country who have listened to their inner voice, and have taken the decision to step up and step out.

As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 general elections draw near, it is imperative for more women to begin to be active in the political sector of the country. There has been an increase in female participation in decision making at the national and state levels around the world, most recently seen in the 2018 mid-term elections of the United States where over 100 women will occupy seats in the United States House of Representatives. In Rwanda women make up more than 60 percent of the parliamentarians. Indeed, emerging economies like Ethiopia and Bangladesh have a female President and a female Prime Minister, respectively.

Click here to read the full article published by Business Day Online on 27 December 2018.

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