Nigeria Democracy Sustainable Only With Youths, Women Inclusion – Centre

Centre for Communication and Social Impact has said that, Nigeria’s democracy cannot be sustainable, except all groups within the population are actively involved in the governance process.
This was just as Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe confirmed that, women and youths are engaged in the governance of Kaduna State and have made invaluable contributions and efforts to drive development and growth in the state.
The Centre during an activity marking the International Women’s Day in Kaduna on Thursday.
Delivering a keynote address at the event, the Deputy Governor said that, youth and women in key positions of leadership have shown competence and diligence in their service. “Thus, the State Government is committed to consolidating its effort by giving more women and youths the opportunity to drive sustainable impacts.”
She however said that, Kaduna State Government is ready to collaborate and partner with all and sundry to assure the advancement of women and youths and move the state forward.
According to her, “the campaign by Women and Young people in Political and Governance Processes (We-You-pro), tagged “Hope, Actions and Progress for women and youth in politics” organised by the Centre for Communication and Social Impacts, couldn’t have come at a better time, as we mark the Women’s month. Its aims to strengthen the capacities of young people and women on strategies, policy and influence towards taking leadership positions, to drive positive change; is a deliberate effort for improved participation of women and youth in leadership and governance processes.
“This will help consolidate the efforts by both Government and Civil society organisations, in line with the global call for action, to ensure that women are carried along in all spheres of society and they are duly present, represented and heard.
“On this premise, Kaduna State under the leadership of the HeforShe champion, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has not only demonstrated his commitment towards inclusion and ensuring that women are a major part of decision-making processes and they deserve a seat at the table. It has also prioritized building an inclusive society and creating gender balance in its interventions and aspirations for the development of the state,” she said.
Speaking earlier, Executive Director Centre for Communication and Social Impact, Babafunke Fagbemi said, women participation in Nigerian politics is not proportionate to the over 45% of the nation’s population which they represent, and this has not translated into equal representation in political leadership positions.
According to her, “Over the years, women and youth have been excluded from leadership and decision-making processes in leadership. Therefore, there is a need for women and youth inclusion and participation in politics. Women and youth inclusion and participation mean equality in the representation of women and youths in both numbers and levels of decision-making.
“For our emerging democracy in Nigeria to be sustainable, all groups within the population must be actively involved in the Governance process. Their voices must be heard, and their experiences and expertise utilized for the optimal growth and development of the country.
“Therefore, we must #BreakTheBias that limit women’s active participation in politics and governance processes.
“On this occasion to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day with the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” the campaign for inclusion of women and young people in political and governance processes (WE-YOU PRO) call for greater participation of women in politics and governance. We urge all Nigerians to help break bias
against women and young people’s participation in governing this great country.
“In a united and indivisible voice, we call on the Nigeria Government to live up to her 35% affirmative action on women inclusion across all arms of governance, as upholding this will increase the country’s credibility in the international community,” she said.
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