NDI seeks end to violence against women during elections

Ahead of February 16 Presidential poll, the National Democratic Institute, NDI, has sought an end to all forms of violence against women on election day.

NDI demanded this at a meeting it held with all security agencies, political parties and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Port Harcourt.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, which was emailed to SAHEL STANDARD disclosed that representatives of Religious organizations, media organisations, Traditional institutions, National Orientation agency among others were also in attendance.

The communiqué also noted that quite a a number of observations and resolutions were made among which voters were charged to raise alarm if they notice any form of discrimination against women.

Other resolutions can be found below:

• Political parties should formulate policies and constitutional provision that will eliminate Gender Stereotypes that serves as inhibition to Women’s political participation and inclusion in Politics.

•INEC should effectively monitor the implementation of the Stop VAWIP campaign in Political Parties Manifestoes and Constitutions. Parties should also ensure it includes the VAWIP messages in their party messages.

•Legislations that promote women in politics, discourage violence against women as well as encouraging reporting of violence should be set in motion to deter future occurrences.

•Participants demands increased advocacies by informed stakeholders towards issues of violence against women in politics and mainstream issues of gender and political participation of women in every society scope.

•Participants demand mechanism and institutional arrangements for implementing policies and constitutional provisions relating to mitigating violence against women participation in election.

•Traditional rulers and community influencers, should work towards expunging cultural practices and laws that impedes the full participation of women in politics.

•Media should be professional in reporting incidences of violence against women.

•Participants demands that Stop -VAWlP campaign for 2023 election should start now as it will prepare women and relevant stakeholders  before, during and after the elections.

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