The acting chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mrs. Amina Zakari, yesterday advocated better representation of the female gender in Nigerian politics.
Speaking at the “She Forum Africa,” a friendraiser community programme, which was organized by Premium Logic, she noted that women are still disadvantaged as far as the country’s governance is concerned, in spite of a gender policy which is already in place in Nigeria, adding that there was need to consciously address such issues.
Zakari who called for gender protection laws to tackle issues of relegation of interests of the Nigerian woman also urged political parties to give women the needed support to achieve their political potentials.
She also noted that INEC was very much aware of the gender challenges in any organization and had set up a gender directorate.
She said, “We at INEC recognize the importance of mainstream gender issues and that is why we have a Directorate on Gender.”
The INEC acting chairman stressed that women should not only be appointed based on the 35 per cent affirmative women participation in Nigerian governance.