Six women were on the verge of making political history in Kenya on Wednesday after they were elected to key seats that evaded female politicians in the last elections.
Outgoing National Assembly Deputy Speaker and Bomet MP Joyce Laboso, and former Cabinet secretaries Anne Waiguru and Charity Ngilu were headed to become the first women governors in the country.
Professor Olabisi Aina of the Obafemi Awolowo University said yesterday that involvement of women in leadership positions would fast-track the delivery of dividends of democracy.
She said, “If we want a policy or governance that can serve all and sundry, then men and women must be actively involved in decision making.”
At a gender policy forum held on Monday, a women and girls advocacy group, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), revealed that 45 percent of Nigerian women get married before the age of 18.
Citing United Nations statistics, the organization also announced that girls under 17 are responsible for 7.3 million babies in developing countries.
WARDC gave its presentation at the Lagos @ 50: Gender Policy Dialogue, which was held in Ikeja on Monday.
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