Bill To Increase Gender parity In Public Office, A Global Pacesetter- Kwara Must Change

Says Abdulrahman’s place in history is assured

The leading Pro-Democracy group in Kwara State, Kwara Must Change has described the bill seeking to increase the number of women in political offices as a major step that would herald gender parity- in the state and trickle to other part of the country.

The group also said that, this latest action by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq will not only catapult kwara women to frontline role in national space, but will also secure for Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, a permanent place in history.

This statement was made by Kwara Must Change Coordinator for Gender and Women Affairs, Mopelola AbdulMaliq-Bashir while responding to questions on the the bill for political offices composition 2021 recently forwarded to the Kwara State House of Assembly by the government of Kwara State.

Mopelola observed that, Nigeria is among African countries like Niger, Mali, Sudan, Ethiopia where the number of women in political offices are abssymally low.

In her word, “it has been globally identified that countries in Sub Saharan Africa has the lowest rating on gender Parity indexes, and that it will take close to 142years for women and girls to participate in politics and decision making processes on equal terms with men and boys”.

This is a fact with figures to back it up”, she said.

Mopelola added that, with Kwara State under the leadership of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq leading the pack in gender mainstreaming and parity, the bill on political offices, when passed, will in no small measure, place Kwara women on higher pedestal among women from other parts of the world.

She therefore called on all Kwarans, particularly women and girls to come out and give their unalloyed support to the passage of the bill.

“It is our time and we need not fold our arms in doing all that is necessary for the passage of this bill” she said.

Recall that Kwara Must Change, in 2019 advocated for the appointment of 50% women into Kwara State government cabinet, a call that the governor elevated to over 56%.

By Mohammed Farouk

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