Group Strengthens Engagement With Media On Enhancing Visibility For Women In Politics


Women Situation Room Nigeria (WSRN) Anambra State Chapter has called on the media to reduce stereotype and enhance visibility for women In politics.

Speaking during the group’s advocacy visit to Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State Council at the Godwin Ezeemo International Press Center, NUJ Secretariat complex Awka on Monday, WSRN cordinator Miss Hope Nkiruka Okoye said the media which is often seen as the societal watchdog and the fourth estate of the realm play an important role in promoting gender equality, empowering women’s voices, and creating more inclusiveness.

In her words, “Women often face systemic barriers and obstacles that limit their political participation and subject them to various forms of violence and intimidation.

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” These inequalities are perpetuated by patriarchal power Structures, cultural stereotypes, and traditional attitudes that prioritize male dominance and control over women’s lives and bodies.

“In many societies, women continue to face various forms of violence and discrimination before, during and post electoral processes, which severely restrict their ability to participate fully and effectively in political life.

” During electoral processes, women candidates, voters, and political activists are particularly vulnerable to various forms Of violence, including physical assault, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and intimidation.

Miss Okoye calls for more news stories, opinion pieces, and interviews that feature women politicians, as well as the tone, framing, and accuracy of the coverage.

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Miss Hope was accompanied by Favour Uche Okonkwo, Yohanna Rachel, Sussie Amala Metu , and Ifeyinwa Unachukwu
Responding , Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ,
Anambra State Council, Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, PhD in his remark commended WSRN for championing the cause for the rights of women in the society.

Dr. Odogwu frowned at the attitude of some female politicians, CEO’s and stakeholders who shy away from speaking to the media, urging women to come out from their shell and speak out more.

The Anambra state NUJ Boss encouraged women to take up the challenge and be counted, calling on them to support each other.

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A member of the Nigeria Association of
Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Anambra State chapter, Comrade Ebele Eze in her speech urged women in politics to be more accessible and media friendly.

Comred Eze while outlining some of the challenges confronting the participation of women in politics advised more female gender to be intreasted in politics by coming out and express themselves.

She advised that for women to shun some challenges facing them in politics, they should not attend uninvited political meetings and get prepared for eventualities when attending political meetings.

3 thoughts on “Group Strengthens Engagement With Media On Enhancing Visibility For Women In Politics

  1. Great article 👍 the author have done a great job in presenting a concise piece, and I don’t see any flaws.

  2. Woman should be allowed to vote and be voted for
    They should have a place and say in political affairs
    Thank you ma’am for organizing this woman affair
    And thank you mr odogwu for bringing this publication to us
    At least someone is standing for us

    Anodebe chisom Lilian

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