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Women Radio Advocates for Adequate, Accurate Publicity for Female Politicians

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Adequate and accurate publicity for women has been advocated for, even in the instance of gender discrimination, religious bigotry, and cultural and traditional factors among other factors militating against them in society.

This was the submission at the media training for political reporters organized by Women Radio with support from United Nations Women and the Government of Canada.

According to the CEO of Women Radio, Toun Okewale Sonaiya, female politicians and leaders are not given as adequate media coverage as their male counterparts.

Okewale Sonaiya who spoke on “The 50:50 Strategy: An Inclusive, Responsive and Balanced Reporting “highlighted the importance of fair and balanced reportage of women in politics especially as we draw nearer to the 2023 elections.

She said: “The media remains a powerful tool in shaping public perception and has a bigger role in emphasizing gender-based political issues and as such participation of women in politics through the media should be an integral part of editorials and features.”

Sonaiya further emphasized on the need for the powerful Nigerian media to “embrace and practice gender equity and social inclusion for a sustainable media environment.”

Participants include journalists with disabilities from Print, Radio, Television, and Digital media.

In his lecture, a media expert and CEO of MODISULT Media Concept, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, noted that women are key players in society either as mothers, wives, and daughters in the homes.

Citing reasons why women should be supported for political offices, Arowona said women are honest, trustworthy, authentic, supportive, and empathetic. Such is the attribute of good leaders who should hold political offices and can deliver good governance to the masses.

In her presentation, Hajia Binta Abubakar Mora, explained gender disparity, as women are disadvantaged in access to resources in comparison to men.

Mora charged media to encourage women with positive reportage, even as the 2023 elections draw close.

According to her, “As of October 2017, out of 193 UN countries, 11 had a woman serving as head of state, and 12 had a woman as head of government. Only nomadic countries are close to equal representation within parliaments with women making up to 41 percent of their single-house parliament.

“Current trend in Nigerian politics shows that men are dominating the place of authority, with women relegated to the background. We need to make a difference by supporting women both men and women.”

The founder of the Women Communications Centre, an Ilorin-based Non-Governmental Organization, Hajia Nimota Goroso Giwa, said women are part of the struggles in society in terms of pursuing sustainable Development Goals and are making a positive impact on society.

She thanked the organizers for their deep thoughts and commitment towards ensuring that the voice of women can be heard as well as for projecting images of women in leadership positions in Nigeria.

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