The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), has commended all the registered political parties for the successful conventions and election of their presidential flagbearers.
The President of NAWOJ Ladi Bala gave the commendation in a statement issued in Abuja.
While applauding the processes and the demonstration of the sense of responsibility by the political parties in the conduct of their primaries, Ladi Bala strongly canvassed the need for a gender sensitive representation in the entire political equation and balancing.
As a way of achieving gender balance in the political equation of the country, the association
appeals to political parties in the interest of inclusive society and development, to give consideration to women as running mates for the office of president and governors of the respective states.
The Association is worried about the rumour mills suggestive of male candidates being considered for the office of vice president by political parties.
NAWOJ observed that this posture will not only negate the contribution of women to nation building but, also endanger an inclusive governance in Nigeria where all demography clearly indicates the need for a sense of belonging and giving equal opportunity for females to serve at the highest level.
With the political development in the country,NAWOJ is of the opinion that the time has come for the promotion of gender equality in political leadership in Nigeria to be accorded the center stage particularly as the nation heads towards the 2023 General Elections to help reposition the country.
The inclusive participation of women according to NAWOJ will properly situate it in its pride of place and position as the giant of Africa not only in size but in involvement in global discourse.
NAWOJ equally calls on journalists and media organisations in the country to rise to the occasion of setting agenda for a more inclusive governance in Nigeria.