The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria, applauds the Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as nine women made the shortlist of commissioners in the State.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, with the nine women on the list, female gender representation in the cabinet would be 56. 25 per cent, while that for men would be 43. 75 per cent, a position worthy of commendation and emulation.

FIDA Nigeria desires greater acceleration to the process on gender parity. Therefore we see this move as a great step in the right direction being that we all have a role to play in creating this balance in the different structures and institutions in society. Gender parity is paramount so that society can function at its optimum, and this would be beneficial to all across board.

FIDA Nigeria accordingly congratulates the Kwara State women nominees namely – Hajia Sadatu Modibbo Kawu (Ilorin South), Mrs. Johanna Kolo, (Edu Local Government), Hajia Arinola Fatimah Lawal, (Ilorin East), Hajia Aishat Ahman Patigi, (Patigi Local Government Area), Afolabi-Oshatimehin Adenike Harriet (Ifelodun); Ahmad Fatima Bisola (Ilorin West); Aremu Bose Deborah (Irepodun); Oyedun Juliana Funke (Isin); and Oyeyemi Olasumbo Florence (Oke Ero) for this great feat whilst encouraging them to showcase their sterling qualities for the greater benefit of society and to see your success as a success for the Nigerian Woman.

FIDA in promoting and advocating for the protection and preservation of the rights of women and children, strongly commend the Governor of Kwara State for the act of prioritizing gender interest in his government by having more women shortlisted for his cabinet.

This act is exemplary and is a testament of His Excellency’s belief in the capacity, ability of women as nation builders who should not be discriminated against or be excluded from governance

The Beijing Platform for Affirmative Action (1995), and the National Gender Policy (2007) agitate for a redress in the gender imbalances in the political system of states development and recommended substantive equality of women in decision making process in the Country

We therefore call on all other states and indeed the Federal Government to address the gross under- representation of women in governance and decision making despite constituting the majority of the voters population during elections.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria proudly adds her voice to celebrate women’s contributions to all levels of National development as we continue to state that:
‘A balanced world is a better world;
A balanced world will not bring down men; and
Gender balance is progressive!!!

FIDA calls on all to be vigilant watchmen of such situations so that where there are lapses or indeed any absence of balance, we are encouraged to speak out and take progressive steps to balance it out.

We must all continue to Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change as we collectively strive for equality in our society.

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