Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Bayelsa State Chapter is to partner the state chapter of the 100 Women Lobby Group towards propagating and improving the participation of women in politics and governance.
This was made known when a delegation of the 100 Women Lobby Group, led by the State Coordinator, Tariere Egbegi paid the executive of NAWOJ a courtesy visit at the NUJ Press Center Azikoro Road Ekeki-Yenagoa.
Receiving the delegation, Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Maria Olodi-Osumah, said she was excited to have women groups coming together and bringing their issues to the fore, stating that it is a step in right direction.
The NAWOJ Chairperson urged the group to work effectively using the African terrain, Socio-cultural, political, economy barriers that women are faced with as a yardstick in tackling these issues.
According to her, NAWOJ Bayelsa will continue to uphold her functions of informing, educating and is willing to work with the group to educate women on the need to be on the table where policy implementation are fostered and not caught up with just clapping for the male folk.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the 100 Women Lobby Group, Tariere Egbegi, said the group was at the Press Center to seek partnership in improving the participation of women in politics and governance through lobbying for specific gender bills to be passed into law.
According to Mrs Egbegi, the group’s aim is to lobby to see how women are placed in strategic positions due to the fact that women have been marginalized for so long thus creating gender inequality.
Expressing disappointment in the fact that five Gender bills which were presented to the National Assembly were rejected, the Coordinator observed that the thirty-five percent affirmative action is yet to be implemented.
She thanked NAWOJ Bayelsa emphasizing that the media plays special role in informing the people, hence the visit.