Group condemns violence against women in politics

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Heads of Women led Civil Society Organisations has condemned in totality all forms of violence against women in politics.

The Leader, Mrs Florence Aya made the condemnation in a statement issued at an emergency consultative meeting in Kaduna.

The meeting brought together women heads from different Civil Society Organisations working in Kaduna.

The meeting which delibrated on the spades of violence that occured during the recent past Kogi elections, noted with dismay the harassment metted on  the only female gubernotorial candidate  and burning of the People Democratic Party, PDP women leader.

Aya described the incident as unfortunate especially as women constitute majority of voters during elections.

She also solicitated support for the only female legislature in Kaduna, whose victory was contested in court and a re-run declared.

“There will be two legislative re-run elections in Kagarko and Sanga Local Government Councils respectively. Mrs Comfort Amwe who is the only female legislature across the North west zone will be contesting in Sanga LGA, hence the need for women to rally round and grant her support.”

The group therefore called on government and all security agencies to put extra efforts in ensuring that the elections is violent free.

The meeting further cautioned all political parties to avoid violence and other excesses that would constitute bridge of peace and security.

“We encourage all female politicians not to relent and also report any threat that would deny them from participating in politics. All eligible voters, especially women should exercise their franchise in the affected polling units where the re-run elections will be held.”