NCAA Frowns At Political Parties That Refuse To Field Female Candidates …Calls for violence-free elections, condemns violence against women

Rt.Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, Edo State House of Assembly Speaker  by  lduozee Paul, Benin Correspondent The Coalition on Affirmative Action

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Rt.Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, Edo State House of Assembly Speaker

 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.