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Osun 2018: Group Advocates For Violence Against Women During Elections

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A non-governmental organisation, Hope For Family Development Initiative (HFDI), has flag off campaign on Stop-Violence Against Women In Election in September 22, Osun governorship election.

Executive Director of HFDI, Aremu Stephen, while addressing the media in Osogbo recently said, that the civic right of each individual is to vote and to voted for, which women should not be isolate from.

He explained that the program was aimed to informed and educating Osun women on electoral processes, to mobilize for women participation in the Osun gubernatorial elections, to sensitize electorates on what constitutes violence against women in elections.

He said “The project is slated for three months and will be implemented majorly in 18 LGAs that have records of low turnout of women in the previous elections in Osun state. However, the other 12 LGAs will still have the touch of some slated activities such as media awareness on radio, Rallies.”

He listed the 18 intervention Local Government which are; Iwo, Ayedaade, Ife East, Ife South, Olaoluwa, Odo-Otin, Ifedayo, Ejigbo, Egbedore, Irewole, Ife Central, Ilesa East, Atakunmosa East, Olorunda, Ifelodun, Ila, Irepodun, and Oriade, stressing that the campaign could targets the highlighted LGAs to mobilize womens participation during the election.

Speaking at the conference, religious leaders has called on women to exercise their rights during elections, jointly agreed that women could not be left out.

The organisation said it has liaised with wide range of stakeholders including independent national electoral commission (INEC), the national orientation agency (NOA), security agencies, traditional rulers, women groups, local government authorities, religious leaders for their involvement in the programme.

Representatives of women wing of Christian association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), federation of Muslim women association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), national council of women society (NCWS), Baptist women Missionary Union (BWMU), market women association, women wing of persons with disability, youth groups and political parties were also in attendance.

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