Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, and other women group have embarked on a peaceful walk to advocate more women inclusion in the nation’s political process as a way of commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The peaceful walk began from the Governor’s office in Alagbaka, Akure and terminated at the Ondo state House of Assembly.
The women carried placards with various inscriptions such as “NAWOJ demands, total rights of women, NATO stands against women “HARASSMENT”, “FIDA demands 35% affirmative action to register their displeasure on the shutting down of gender bills” by the national assembly.
Leading the protest was NAWOJ chairperson in Ondo state, Mrs Doris Olumoko, who stressed the need for more elective positions for women in the country and the speedy passage of gender bills into law.
In her contribution, FIDA chairperson, Mrs Jumoke Ogunjebi said it was high time women were carried along in the scheme of things due to the roles they played in both the electoral and political processes.
Also speaking, special assistant to the Ondo state governor on gender matters, Mrs Olamide Falana noted that women needed to be duly compensated for their immeasurable contributions to nation building.
Receiving the women on behalf of the Ondo State House of Assembly speaker, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olugbenga Omole said their grievances would be presented to the assembly.
Women groups such as FIDA, FOMWAN, WOWICAN, NCWS and Association of medical women were part of the protest.