Rt.Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, Edo State House of Assembly Speaker by lduozee Paul, Benin Correspondent The Coalition on Affirmative Action
by lduozee Paul, Benin Correspondent
The Coalition on Affirmative Action (NCAA), has frowned at political parties that did not field female
candidates for the fast approaching 2019 general elections.
The group led by the former commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development in Edo State, Hon. Florence lgbinigie expressed the body’s displeasure to the Edo state NUJ when it came to present a communiqué, on the 16 Days Activism Against Gender based Violence, with the theme, “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work.”
Hon Igbinigie said women should
stand up against injustice.
According to her, the forum gave room for participants, spanning various organizations to join the rest of the world to call for discontinuation of the culture of impunity, silence and stigmatization of survivors of gender- based violence.”
“The coalition was outraged by the high incidence of violence against women, especially, the
physical and sexual violence. Violence against women can be emotional, psychological, political and economical,” the former commissioner explained.
The NCAA leader said, “it was an opportunity to call for massive campaign to all women organizations and groups to get involved in politics, to ensure that their households vote at elections because voting is a veritable tool for change..”
She called for violence free elections.
“We call for violence-free election in the forth-coming general elections, and frown at political
parties who refuse to field female candidates and call on all to vote for female candidates.”
“Mothers are advised to be vigilant and to ensure their children, biological or not, are protected against all forms of abuse, violence and exploitation”.
The coalition insisted that violence against women
is not a private or family plight, and that the
solution must be proffered by dealing with all the social, cultural and economic factors, noting that the event was an opportunity to call on government at various levels and lawmakers to adopt the
vital laws like violence against persons trafficking prohibition, and pass the Gender Equal Opportunity Bill presently before the Edo State House of Assembly into law.
Responding to the group , the NUJ boss, Comrade Roland Osakwe, lamented that since the inception of the nation’s independence women have not held significant elective offices compare to most advanced countries in the world.
Osakwe said most of the dangers that overwhelm women are caused by them. He said women are
seen in unwanted areas which often pose more harm to their living. He assured the various NGOs/CSOs who visited his office that the media will spread their news to the general public.
He said that NUJ does not discriminate against women and stressed that women should
caution themselves not to be seen in harmful areas that would cause hazard to them.
He said women should try and
organize themselves to enable women run for viable
positions in Nigeria.