Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded Voices for Change programme held a One Day Stakeholder Consensus Building Meeting on women political participation in Kaduna State. The Summit held in Chimcherry Hotel, Kaduna on 17th December, 2014, was attended by over 30 participants from political parties, youth associations, academia, State House of Assembly, civil society, developmental partners and the media. After exhaustive deliberations on the aim of the meeting which is to highlight the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and elicit buy-in commitments towards the activities of V4C on women’s political participation in Kaduna State, we, the participants:

Recognise that several local and international instruments such as United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa take as priority effective participation of women in politics;

Also recognize that woman remains a role model to both man and woman, and women instill discipline and national stability;

Express our deep concern about women creating barriers against women in education and socio-political atmospheres;

Note certain barriers backpedalling women’s participation in politics including moral stigma; eagerness towards financial fulfillment; cultural, financial, education and religion limitations; and security threats;

Recommend that various threats of insecurity and socio-cultural hindering women participation are seriously discouraged;

Commit to create enabling environment through adequate counseling and skill acquisition to ensure effective participation of women in politics;

Affirm special preference be accorded women at voting centres and in politics; and adequate security for women at pre-election, election and post-election periods;

Endorse immediate presentation and passage of a Bill to legislate free and compulsory education for the girl child at all levels;

Will ensure religious leaders, traditional rulers, mass media, men and women groups, and youth groups are adequately engaged to eliminate barriers and perceptions against women participation in politics in Kaduna State;

Will also ensure more women are recruited into: institutions’ Student Union leadership, political parties’ leadership, and women association;

Shall effectively raise awareness to ensure zero level existence of stigmatization on women by women in politics; promote integration of women in politics and mainstream women in governance;

Will support full-fledged implementation of 35% Affirmative Action for Women by governments at all levels to encourage appreciative participation of women as leaders and decision-makers in political decision making in Kaduna State;

Agreed to embark on effective advocacy to encourage girl child education in Kaduna State;

We hereby nominate one participant from each organization to commit to these actions on our behalves:
1. Fatima Usman
Arewa Youth Forum
2. Hassan Adamu
State Chairman, Social Democratic Party
3. Lekan Ogedengbe
African Democratic Congress (ADC)
4. Adankat M. Innocent
Global Community Prime Initiative
5. Adejor Lilian
Community Youth Forum
6. Abdullahi Garba
Youth Leader, P.D.P Kaduna State
7. Mary Dahe Kakamor
Save Space, Kaduna State University
8. Itodo Francis Paul
Youth Men Foundation Against SGBV
9. Larai Diana Gwani
Kaduna State House of Assembly
10. Eric John
Youth, Orphan and Widows Empowerment, Kaduna State
11. Rita Sangba Manassen
P.D.P Women Leader, Kaduna State

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