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CAN makes case for inclusion of more women in governance



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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has noted that Nigeria was yet to achieve the recommended 35 percent of women in governance as prescribed by the National Gender Equality policy.

The body therefore advised the government at all levels to consider women with integrity for strategic positions in governance.

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, made the remark in Abuja on Thursday during a national symposium organised by Christian Aid, a non-governmental organisation.

Ayokunle who was represented by Deaconess Victoria Ehiselo, National Chairperson of CAN’s Women Wing, said ensuring the inclusion of more women would enhance peace and stability in the country.

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“The Nigerian political scene has been dominated by men from inception and it has long been believed that men are the only ones with the capacity to make decisions.

“This style of leadership is also to a very large extent responsible for the pathetic condition that women have found themselves in the country because men are assumed to be stronger and wiser,” he said.

According to him, it had become necessary for women to gain political seats by obtaining empowerment and becoming their own agent of positive change.

He, however, urged women who were already in leadership positions at all levels of government and all spheres of authority to be ambassadors of peace.

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