The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF), a group which advocates for the rights of women, has called on the 18 registered political parties in Nigeria to leave 40 per cent of their executive positions for women to occupy.
It has also called on the parties to present females as candidates in the upcoming 2023 general election.
The group made this call during a press conference on Monday in Abuja where it spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of women exclusion and exploitation by men.
“The NFF calls for a 40 per cent quota system strictly for women across the 18 accredited political parties for the 2023 general elections,’’ Angela Nkwo, NFF Communications Officer disclosed.
“We demand female inclusion urgently, and adoption of gender equality across all spheres in Nigeria
“We demand that women be fielded as governorship candidates especially the supposed big controlling parties. All political parties make women their national chairpersons, especially the top-rated.
‘’This will help address the violence and patriarchy women experience in political parties,” she said.
The group’s representative called on both the federal and state governments to respect the rights of women and children.
According to her, “the NFF demands for respect of women and girls, economic and social welfare rights, sexual health and reproductive right, right to education and training, and right to participation in political and decision-making processes.”
Nkwo said ‘’Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the NFF is concerned about the lack of representation of women and girls in every facet of the country, despite the fact that we form almost half of the population, we are not heard.”
She also complained about the poor representation of women, adding that there are only seven women in the Senate and 11 in the House of Representatives out of 109 members.
“The NFF is worried at the rising number of women and girls in internally displaced persons camps across Nigeria as a result of insurgency and banditry,” she added.
The NFF Communications Officer therefore called on the House of Assembly of the 36 states to immediately pass into law the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) bill, which will protect the rights of every person, including women and girls.