Not less than 100 Ogun women organisations have written to the Governor of the State, Prince Dapo Abiodun tasking him on inclusion of 35% of women in his cabinet.
The Ogun women in the letter titled: “OPEN LETTER TO OGUN STATE GOVERNOR FOR 35% REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE CABINET FOR 2019-2023 AND BEYOND” called on the Governor to ensure the inclusion of more women in leadership of the state ” as a prerequisite for sustainable democracy and development in the state”.
The Ogun women groups have written the letter to forestall any act of shortchanging women in position of leadership in the state as seen by most of the other states in the country.
The letter signed by Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi on behalf of the group reads in part: ” We are a group of concerned citizens of Ogun State working under the auspices of a campaign platform called ‘More Women’.
Akiyode-Afolabi who is also the Co-Convener, More Women Campaign, Nigeria and Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) explained that the group “represents diverse non-governmental organisations that work towards the advancement of women in Nigeria in all spheres of life and within the context of national and international frameworks that obligates Nigeria to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. We support more women in leadership in Ogun State and Nigeria as a prerequisite for sustainable democracy and development.
“We are concerned by the continued marginalization of women in leadership positions in the country and hereby request your Excellency to consider appointing 35% representation of women in the cabinet that will lead your agenda in the state. We also urge you to consider other social groups including the youth and people with disabilities.
“We believe that the appointment exercise as a critical tool to steer affairs of the state towards a desirable and sustainable future, such future can support the state towards the achievement of 2030 Global agenda.
“The state has always been the gate way and leads historically in progressive developments and we will not expect something less from this present government. We are aware that there are several eminently qualified female indigene of the state for all the sectors and call on your esteemed self to consider these eminently qualified female citizens to position the state appropriately and support your agenda for a better state.
“Taking this step, will not only position your government as a gender friendly party but it will go a long way in placing Ogun State in the comity of states in Nigeria as a leader committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making. It will set a precedent for other governments across the country and increase the gender rating of Nigeria.
We urge you to listen to the yearning of the people and support a pro people government that portrays representation that is above board and can support development. Take Notice Sir, that the Ogun Women Groups and concerned citizens will undertake a solidarity WALK to your office on Thursday, 1st of August 2019″
Other signatories to the open letter include Ms. Mojisola Akinsanya Executive Director, Women for Peace & Gender Equality Initiative Coordinator, Civil Society Coalition on SDG (Ogun State) and Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Partners West Africa – Nigeria
Other groups which signed the open ;letter are: 100 Women Group, 9jafeminista, African Women Law Association (AWLA), ACTS Generation GBV, ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation, Advocate for Health and Development Initiative, African Women’s Initiative (AWI), Ajegunle Community Project, Alliances for Africa (AfA), Aminchi Women Cooperative Society, ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF) and Briskila Emefesi Women Foundation (BEWOF).
Others include: CEE-HOPE Nigeria, Center for Economic Empowerment and Gender Activities CEEGa, Center for Economic Empowerment Initiatives, Centre for Alternative Development and Self-Enhancement (CEADESE NG), Centre for Health and Development in Africa(CHEDA), Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN), Centre for Peace Education and Community Development, Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN) and Change Managers International Network among several others.