PRESS RELEASE BY LAGOS STATE GENDER ADVOCACY TEAM (LASGAT)
The Lagos State Gender and Advocacy Team (LASGAT), congratulates all candidates who contested and won in the just concluded 2015 general elections. LASGAT particularly congratulate all women who won elections into elective positions nationwide.
We are however deeply concerned that the outcomes of the 2015 elections has produced less than 10% of women in elective positions nationwide resulting in a marked reversal in women’s representation in elective position compared to past years. This situation no doubt is discouraging and could lead to the further marginalization of women in politics and public life in future.
Nevertheless, LASGAT still believes that the low representation of women in elective positions can be addressed by giving women the opportunity to serve in appointive positions in government.
LASGAT hereby ,calls on the federal and states government to increase the representation of women in appointive positions by ensuring that women occupy nothing less than 50% of all appointive positions in Nigeria.
LASGAT has a list of qualified women in all spheres of human endeavour who can be appointed to serve the country. LASGAT is ready to work with the Federal and States Government to recommend credible and qualified women for appointive positions.
Meanwhile, we call on all successful candidates to leverage on the opportunities provided by their victory at the 2015 polls to pursue requisite measures to mainstream gender equality and promote women’s empowerment in all their undertakings as representatives of the people.
Dr Keziah Awosika Ms Titilope Akosa
Chairperson LASGAT Coordinator LASGAT