Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator representing ANAMBRA Central today, met with officials from the United States Consular office in Abuja.
According to Senator Ekwunife, the meeting was intended to deliberate upon mutual collaboration with the United States of America to explore opportunities for increasing Women’s participation in politics and Governance.
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Senator Ekwunife explained that “The deliberations centered on the participation of Women in governance and the exploration of ways to increase the number of women in politics and their participation in governance.”
According to Senator Ekwunife, “We need to bridge the widening gap between the ratio of women to men in politics. To do this, we have to establish and implement policies that will encourage women to participate in both governance, and the political process”.
Explaining further, Senator Ekwunife pointed out that “the wide disparity in the ratio of men and women in politics is reflected in the National Assembly, for instance, where out of 109 elected Senators, only about 7 of us are women. Similarly, in the House of Representatives where there are 360 Honourable members, only about 20 of them are women”. She harped on the urgent need to encourage political parties to earmark and reserve specific number of slots for women interested in elective offices.
“This meeting today is in line with my legislative agenda of facilitating the increased participation of women in politics and governance by establishing programs and collaborative partnerships with both local and international players”. She said that women need a lot of encouragement and support to get to the top.