2023: Women need more protection to enable them to participate, says UN

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Peter Mancha, Head of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Program at UN Women, says women need more protection to participate effectively in the 2023 elections, as they are essential to the electoral system.

According to NAN, Mancha said so on Wednesday during the WPS Phase II training for journalists in Gombe.

He said Nigerian women can help address the challenges facing the country, adding that engaging them in leadership and political roles is key to enhancing national development.

“Women play a critical role in the country’s electoral systems, so greater protection for them would allow them to exercise their rights during elections,” Mancha said.

“It is important that all stakeholders put in place the necessary measures to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections for women to vote and be elected in the 2023 elections.

“No election will be successful if women are excluded because they have the electoral population and play a major role during elections.

“When it comes to decision-making and strategic positions, there is a link between women in governance and peace and security.

“When women are included in governance or elected, they are able to create a balance and ensure that the needs of both men and women are taken into account.”

He said the inclusion of women in all sectors of life is crucial to achieving sustainable peace and development in the country.

He added that the country was lagging behind in female representation in all sectors, adding that UN Women was working to close the gender gap in Nigeria.

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