His Excellency,

Prince Dapo Abiodun

Executive Governor of Ogun State,

Office of the Governor of Ogun State

State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta

 

Your Excellency Sir

OPEN LETTER TO OGUN STATE GOVERNOR FOR  35% REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE CABINET FOR 2019-2023 AND BEYOND  

 

We are a group of concerned citizens of Ogun State working under the auspices of a campaign platform called ‘More Women’. An initiative of the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), a national leading women group, with its roots in Ogun state, Nigeria.  We represent diverse non-governmental organisations that work towards the advancement of women in Nigeria in all spheres of life and within the context of national and international frameworks that obligates Nigeria to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 

We support more women in leadership in Ogun State and Nigeria as a prerequisite for sustainable democracy and development.

We are concerned by the continued marginalization of women in leadership positions in the country and hereby request your Excellency to consider appointing 35% representation of women in the cabinet that will lead your agenda in the state. We also urge you to consider other social groups including the youth and people with disabilities.

 

We believe that the appointment exercise as a critical tool to steer affairs of the state towards a desirable and sustainable future, such future can support the state towards the achievement of 2030 Global agenda. The state has always been the gate way and leads historically in progressive developments and we will not expect something less from this present government. We are aware that there are several eminently qualified female indigenes of the state for all the sectors and call on your esteemed self to consider these eminently qualified female citizens to position the state appropriately and support your agenda for a better state.

 

Taking this step, will not only position your government as a gender friendly party but it will go a long way in placing Ogun State in the comity of states in Nigeria  as a leader committed to gender equality and women’s participation in power and decision making. It will set a precedent for other governments across the country and increase the gender rating of Nigeria.

 

We urge you to listen to the yearning of the people and support a pro people government that portrays representation that is above board and can support development. Take Notice Sir, that the Women Groups and concerned citizens will undertake a solidarity WALK to your office on Thursday, 1st of August 2019

 

Long Live the Governor, Long Live Ogun State, Long Live Nigeria!

 

Yours faithfully,

Signed by

 

Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi,

Chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)

Co-Convener, More Women Campaign, Nigeria.

Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)

 

On behalf of:

 

 

Ms. Mojisola  Akinsanya

Executive Director

Women for Peace & Gender Equality Initiative Coordinator,

Civil Society Coalition on SDG

(Ogun State)

Kemi Okenyodo

Executive Director

Partners West Africa – Nigeria

 

1. 100 Women Group

2. 9jafeminista

3. African Women Law Association (AWLA)

4. ACTS Generation GBV

5. ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation

6. Advocate for Health and Development Initiative

7. African Women’s Initiative (AWI)

8. Ajegunle Community Project

9. Alliances for Africa (AfA)

10. Aminchi Women Cooperative Society

11. ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF)

12. Briskila Emefesi Women Foundation (BEWOF)

13. CEE-HOPE Nigeria

14. Center for Economic Empowerment and Gender Activities CEEGa

15. Center for Economic Empowerment Initiatives

16. Centre for Alternative Development and Self-Enhancement (CEADESE NG)

17. Centre for Health and Development in Africa(CHEDA)

18. Centre for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy in Nigeria (CENGAIN)

19. Centre for Peace Education and Community Development

20. Centre for Women’s Health and Information

21. Centre For Women’s Health And Information (CEWHIN)

22. Change Managers International Network

23. Charity Women Spring of Salvation

24. Chedal Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society

25. Choung-dung Women Association.

26. Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigerian Society (CWEENS)

27. Christian Women in Nigerian Politics

28. Community and Youth Development

29. Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiative (CEAPDI)

30. Community Life Project (CLP)

31. Community Initiative for Healthy and Peaceful Society

32. Community Rescue Initiative (CRI)

33. Community Women Initiatives

34. Courageous People Health and Development Initiative (CPHDL)

35. Courageous People Health and Development Initiatives

36. Dorothy Njemanze Foundation

37. Dream Alive Women and Orphans Support Foundation (DAWOS Foundation)

38. Echoes of Women in Africa Initiatives (ECOWA)

39. Education as a Vaccine (EVA)

40. Emerge Women

41. Equity Advocates (EA)

42. FAME Foundation

43. Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON)

44. Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN)

45. Federation of Paralegal Network (FEDPAN)

46. Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)

47. Fembridge Development Initiative (FEDI)

48. First Future Leadership

49. Forward in Action for Education, Poverty and Malnutrition (FACE-PAM)

50. Gender Action Awareness Trust

51. Gender and Development Action (GADA)

52. Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN)

53. Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative(GERI)

54. Gender Awareness Trust

55. Gender Development Initiative

56. Gender Equality Center

57. Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPADCE)

58. Gender Technical Unit (GTU)

59. Girl Child Advocacy and Education Initiatives

60. Girl Child Education, Care & Rehabilitation

61. Girl Education Rehabilitation and Care (GERAC)

62. Green Spring Development Initiative

63. Hadis Foundation

64. Heal Disability Initiative

65. Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria(HERFON)

66. HEIR Women Development (HWD)

67. Hope for New Life

68. Inter Africa Committee (IAC)

69. Inter Gender Peace Foundation

70. International Action Network on Small Arms Women Network of Nigeria

71. International Hairstylists, Barber and Body Therapists (IHSTOBAN)

72. International Society of Media in Public Health (ISMPH)

73. Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation

74. Jamatul Nasir Islam, Women Wing

75. Jana Health Foundation

76. Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC)

77. Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPM)

78. K/mashi Gamji Women

79. Kebetkache Women Development and Resources Centre

80. Kimpact Initiatives

81. Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)

82. League of Queens International Empowerment

83. Lift Initiative

84. MBULA Women Association

85. Media & Teens Network.

86. More Women in Politics

87. Nasrul – Lahi-L- Faith Society (NASFAT)

88. National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)

89. National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)

90. Next Initiative for Gender Actions (NIGA)

91. NGAS Women Farmers’ Cooperative Society

92. Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ)

93. Nigeria Labour Congress, Women Committee

94. Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)

95. Nigeria Women Trust Fund

96. Ogayem Merciful Care and Support Initiatives (OMCSI)

97. Ogun Women Alive

98. Onomese Foundation

99. Osi Joe Touching Lives Initiative

100. Partners West Africa

101. Peasant Dragnet

102. Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI)

103. Project Alert on Violence Against Women

104. Ray’s of Hope Community Foundation

105. Relief development initiative kaduna

106. Stephanie Peace Building Development Foundation

107. Support for Needy Children and Women Initiative(SUNCHI)

108. SWOFON National Abuja

109. The Priceless Jewels Foundation

110. The Inclusion Project (TIP)

111. Transition Monitoring Group

112. Transformation and Development Center (TDC)

113. Tunde & Friends Foundation(TAFF)

114. UC Women Commission

115. Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI)

116. Voice of Ogun Women (VOW)

117. West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP)

118. Widows Development Organization (WiDO)

119. Woman-Being Concern Nigeria

120. Women & Youth Awareness Empowerment Network (WOYAEN)

121. Women Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Other Diseases (WAHPOD)

122. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)

123. Women Aid Collectives

124. Women and Youth Empowerment for Advancement and Health Initiative (WYEAHI)

125. Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON)

126. Women Empowerment and Initiative Development

127. Women Farmers Alliance

128. Women Fm 91.7

129. Women for Peace and Gender Equality Initiative

130. Women Foundation Initiative

131. Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN)

132. Women in Africa Initiative

133. Women in Agriculture

134. Women in Mining

135. Women Information Network (WINET)

136. Women Initiative for Democracy and Empowerment (WIDE)

137. Women Law Development Center of Nigeria (WLDCN)

138. Women Lead Agric

139. Women of Vision Development Initiative

140. Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN)

141. Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative (WICCI)

142. Women Protection Organization (WOPO)

143. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom ( WILPF)

144. Women’s Right to Education Programme

145. Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP)

146. Youth Future Savers Initiative

147. Youth Future Savers initiative (YFSI)

148. Youth orphans and Widows Empowerment (YOWE)

149. Zango Women Empowerment

150. Zinovi Educational Foundation

 

CC:

I. All Media Organizations in Nigeria

II. Speaker of Ogun state

III. Secretary to the State Government

ENDS

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