GADA lauds improved percentage of women in politics – Blueprint Newspapers Limited

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A women advocacy group, Gender And Development Action (GADA), has said its advocacy efforts were paying off as statistics indicated that more women were indeed involved in politics as compared with the past.

In a chat with Blueprint in Calabar, GADA Project Coordinator in Cross River state, Mrs Francisca Effiom, said “A total of 80 women got elected in the 2023 elections which is an 87.5 percent increase from 70 recorded in 2019.  

“There is 16.7 percent increase in the total number of female members of State Houses of Assembly across the 36 States elected from 2019 to 2023 where the total number of seat is 993.

“There is also an 18.7 percent increase in the number of female House of Representatives members elected from 2019 to 2023 where the total seat is 360, and a total of 42.8 percent increase in the number of female Deputy Governors elected from 2019 to 2023 where the total number of seats is 36.”

She however called on women to put their best legs forward as the day was yet to break as data also indicated a whopping 62.5 percent decrease in the number of female senators elected from 2019 to 2023.

Mrs Effiom explained that her organisation was interested “in advancing the rights and development of women and girls all over Nigeria and engaging their critical needs through various activities that target the social, political and economic context of the country.”

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