The Oasis Reporters
May 18, 2019
A serving member of Ekiti State House of Assembly and member of Nigerian League of Women Voters, Princess Titilayo Owolabi – Akerele has charged Nigerian women to see themselves as one and put party affiliations aside while agitating for what would benefit the entire womenfolk in the country, stressing that many battles will be won by women if they can live in unity and participate fully in politics.
She emphasised that the task ahead of women now was to give legislative teeth to their gender policies for effective enforcement.
Princess Owolabi made the charge while speaking to newsmen during the national convention of Nigerian League of Women Voters (NILOWV) held in Maitama, Abuja on Wednesday.
The lawmaker who represents Ikole Constituency II added that Nigerian women will continue to be shortchanged by men if they refuse to fight for their rights and see themselves as one, saying the continuous decline in the number of women in elective positions and by implication decision making processes in Nigeria is affecting the country’s development.
She noted that women should always be eager to occupy better positions, saying her joy was to see more women in elective and appointive positions.
Speaking about NILOWV, the outgoing Ekiti PDP lawmaker described the League of Women Voters as a voluntary, international non-sectarian, non-profitable and an apolitical association that does not discriminate against any woman in terms of race, nationality, colour, religion or political platform .
She stressed that the league was formed to help women play a larger role in public affairs, adding that the Nigerian league cuts across all states in federation.
“We provide a platform for all groups of women and shades of opinions and we are nonpartisan and still remain a unique group”, Owolabi said.
She affirmed that the group welcomes students, civil servants, teachers, academics, professional women groups, market women, public officers, women entrepreneurs, politicians and women rights groups .