UN Women Representative, Beatrice Eyong calls for end to gender inequality

Eyong said this on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 during a conference organised by the United Nations (UN) Women at the UN Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory.

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Beatrice Eyong, the UN Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS has called for an end to gender inequality.

Eyong said this on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 during a conference organised by United Nations (UN) Women at the UN Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory.

According to Omalicha 91.1 FM's reporter, Eucharia Erege, who covered the event live, the UN envoy also highlighted the importance of women participation in politics.

On the challenges that women who run for political office face, Dr. Ruqqayyah Yusuf-Ali of the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano State stated categorically that the reason why women do not participate fully in elections is because of the high cost of campaigns, lack of support from women, and the commercialisation of political news by the media. 

Yusuf-Ali also said that the barriers should be broken to enable the active participation of women in politics.

Speaking further, Titilope Fadare, an assistant Podcast Editor, at SciDev.Net in her presentation opined that some women do not have a clear idea of what they want in politics. 

Fadare also stressed that women should go into politics with a mindset of winning and not just to have fun. 

Also, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, International Press Center, Lagos, encouraged women to come out fully and seek to be voted for.

According to him, leadership is for every gender.

The theme of the conference is: UN Women Nigeria Media Forum 2024, escalating media actions for women's empowerment.

This report was put together by Eucharia Erege. 

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