Group calls for creation of women’s trust fund for female aspirants
The Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA), an NGO, has called on government at all levels to establish a Women’s Trust Fund to support female politicians bidding for elective positions in the country. Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of WA, told Newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday that empowering the women was one of the best ways to give women voice to participate in politics.
According to her, Nigeria has not fared well in terms of the concrete implementation of the affirmative action. “ The only best way government can give women voice to participate in politics is by establishing a Women’s Trust Fund, to provide support to female politicians bidding for elective position,’’ she said. She also called for provision of enabling leadership skill development for women aspirants as well as organise community support for women in politics. “Another way is to empower them politically by ensuring that there is internal democracy in the political parties, which will ensure affirmative action.