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Group proposes political education campaign across schools to ignite consciousness of women in Anambra

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

A right group, Child Protection Network (CPN), Wednesday, proposed a political campaign among secondary schools to reawaken the political consciousness of female folks in Anambra State.

A Consultant with the CPN, Mrs Uju Onyendilefu, made the call at a consultative meeting with Nwayibuife Women Advocacy Team and law enforcement partners on gender-based violence, a programme supported by Nigerian Women Trust Fund and Ford Foundation.

According to Onyendilefu, mentoring of secondary school girls to pursue a career in politics was necessary because it was the best way to break into the country's political space.

"Our women need to begin to see politics as a career and not a side hustle or something that is given. We need to start correcting  this perception or mindset among women. We need to organise talks in secondary school for our young girls to ignite political ambition among them, build their ability to think critically and play a role in shaping Nigeria’s future. 

"When  our girls and women purse career in politics, they will have the knowledge of how political institutions works, boost their leadership abilities, self-confidence and voice. Ahead of subsequent elections, we need to prepare the next generation of women voters and those who are interested in becoming political leaders," she said.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre (GPSDS), Mrs Eucharia Anekwe, lamented the low number of women in political and leadership spaces in Anambra and Nigeria, attributing it to gender stereotypes, cultural and religious factors, high cost of politics and political party systems in the country.

"We cannot achieve gender equality in our political space if we do not encourage and groom our girls and women to participate and get involved fully. The full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining strong, vibrant democracy in the country," he said. 

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