Ini Edo, Ambassador of National Democratic Institute (NDI) for Women’s Empowerment and also a Nollywood actress said that there is a need to change the laws to increase the number of women in elected offices.
Actress and ambassador said that we all know that women make 50 percent of the population in every country. But unfortunately, they are not getting benefits as much as their male partners.
Ini Edo said that NDI is currently working on two main issues. The first issue is that a very low percentage of women are serving in public offices.
If we look at the parliaments of the world, only one seat out of four is held by a woman. In Nigeria, one out of 10 seats is held by women. Unfortunately, the number keeps declining as time passes by.
Nollywood actress added that we must do better to gain further exposure. She said that she is not alone in this move but many international leaders, prominent Nigerians, and various NGOs are helping in this move.
“We will all be united in the cause of amending laws and addressing other barriers, to level the playing field so women can compete successfully for elected office in our country,” she added.
Another issue that required our attention is violence against women, especially during elections. Women who run as a candidate for any seat were going through many difficulties.
They are subjected to physical assaults and also experienced attacks on social media. There is a need to change these trends to provide the rights of women to them.
She took to Instagram and wrote: “I am very excited and honored to formally take on the role of the National Democratic Institute’s Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment in Nigeria NDI.”
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