Ben Ezechime, Enugu
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Women Support Women (WSW), has embarked on aggressive mobilisation for women vying for elective positions in Enugu State.
The Executive Director of WSW, Mrs Onyinye Mamah, said at a press conference in Enugu that the era of including women in elective positions just to quieten them was over.
“That era was archaic, retrogressive and laid-back going with the collective aspiration of women,” she said.
She also said that the representation of women in governance should come naturally with a big hit on qualification, integrity and character.
According to her, WSW was in support of the deputy governorship candidacy and ambition of Dr Edith Ugwuanyi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
According to her the group was supporting Ugwuanyi, not because she is a woman, but because of her competence and capacity.
“WSW is a group of women NGOs, development experts and politicians that came together to plan, innovate and achieve success for the future of women in all spheres of life, especially in politics.
“We are desperately pleading with Enugu State electorate not to miss this life-time opportunity,” she said.
Mammah said that the group was not really for the praise of women, but the praise of women of virtue and excellence.
“The APGA deputy governorship candidate is not just a gem of a woman, she is a rare gem that has placed lots of interests in so many helpless homes and children in more than 20 years of her charity and scholarship.
“This woman has gone out of her way to reach out to completely forgotten and hopeless homes, professionally.
“She dedicated her services to women and to the public as a trained medical practitioner,’’ Mamah said.
She added that the group was also supporting other female candidates contesting the 2023 elections, irrespective of their political parties.
The executive director said that the group’s goal was to ensure that women occupied elective positions in Enugu State.
According to her, women should participate actively in electing credible candidates, including fellow women.
“Women have the numerical strength to effect the needed change in governance,” she said.