…to demand equality.
A group, African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), yesterday demanded equal representation in government.
It urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to give more opportunity to women.
The group marched on the Lagos State House of Assembly with placards bearing various inscriptions, such as: “Don’t play politics with our destiny, African women lawyers say women representation is vital”; “Provide more opportunities for women to reach their potential” and “Inject new hands into the system”.
Others read: “Women are qualified to govern”; “Stop discriminating against women”; No woman, no nation,” Regulation of women is a no”; “We strongly believe and trust that you will deliver, Mr President” and “Women are builders, they will build a better Nigeria”.
The National Coordinator of AWLA, Mandy Demechi Asagba, said: “We have letters for Mr. Speaker for onward transfer to Mr President. We want more inclusion of women in his cabinet. What we have now is less than 20 per cent. We want gender equality.”
Ms Asagba noted that the constitution was clear on gender equality and discrimination against women, adding: “You need to wake up, if at all you have forgotten, we love you and we know you will do the needful”.
She added that women were builders and giving women more opportunity to serve would assist the nation, “we need to be given our rights”.
A lawmaker, Segun Olulade, who represented the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said the women’s agitation was genuine, adding that “they (women) are always with us in every political gathering”.
The lawmaker reiterated that women deserve adequate representation in governance.
Olulade advised women to vie more for elective positions by joining politics, saying: “I want them to come forward for elections. One day I believe we will get there”.
Source: The Nation Nigeria